Topic: Paul Gilbert
I have just returned from an 11-day journey which took me to Ekaterinburg and St. Petersburg in Russia, as well as Helsinki, Finland. I flew a total of more than 18,000 km and I walked many miles more exploring the Romanov and tsarist wonders that each of these cities and their surroundings had to offer.
Despite the fact that this was a business trip, I would have to rate this as one of my most enjoyable and memorable to date because I saw many new things related to the Romanovs and their legacy which I had not seen on previous trips.
The highlights of my visit to Ekaterinburg include;
(1) The Church of All Saints (Church on the Blood), built on the site of the Ipatiev House.
(2) Ganima Yama, the monastery complex built at the site of the Four Brothers Mine where the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his family were thrown in July 1918.
The highlights of my visit to St. Petersburg include;
(1) The Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, where I saw the State Rooms, and the second floor of the palace which once housed the childrens rooms.
(2) The Feodorovskoye Cathedral at Tsarskoye Selo, where I saw the completed interiors and iconostasis of the main church and the Lower Church.
(3) The Alexandria Park at Peterhof, where I visited the Farm Palace, the Gothic Chapel, and the ruins of the Lower Dacha.
(4) Peterhof, where I arrived by hydrofoil and visited the newly restored Palace Church, the Imperial Yacht Museum and the Treasury which houses new acquisitions including jewellery, costumes (dresses and uniforms), personal items of the Russian emperors and their families, from Peter I to Nicholas II. The treasures in this museum are housed in the former private apartments of Catherine the Great and updated on a regular basis.
During my stay, I did a tremendous amount of research, and complied over 50 large sheets of notes, and took nearly 600 photographs, some of which are shown above. I look forward to sharing them with Royal Russia subscribers on my web site and blog, as well as the pages of Royal Russia Annual* in the coming weeks and months ahead.
*My visit to Ekaterinburg will be featured in Royal Russia Annual No. 2 (due August 2012), and include photographs which I took during my 4-day visit.
I also met with the company in Russia who supply my online shop with a steady stream of photo albums, biographies and palace guidebooks. I brought back samples of more than a dozen new books on the Romanovs and their palaces, many of which I have placed large orders for and will offer in my online shop upon receipt from my supplier in St. Petersburg in the coming months.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 06 June, 2012