Topic: Tsarskoye Selo
Back in October 2010, I reported in an article posted on Royal Russia News that the Feodorovsky Gorodok (Town) was to become the official residence of Patriarch Kirill at Tsarskoye Selo.
Over the years, minor repair work has been carried out which included partial restoration of the facades of the buildings in the photographs above, as well as new roofing on some of the towers which surround the town. For the most part, however, the complex has fallen into a terrible state of disrepair, funding for the project having been delayed on more than one occasion simply due to the lack of money. To retore this unique piece of Imperial Russian architectural history is expected to run into the millions of rubles.
The history of the Feodorovsky Gorodok began back in 1905. Emperor Nicholas II ordered the construction of the nearby Imperial Branch of the Railway Station which provided a rail link between St. Petersburg-Tsarskoye Selo-Pavlovsk. Today, the former Imperial station is almost unrecognizable, again having fallen into a terrible state of neglect and disrepair.
Next, came the construction of the barracks for the Imperial guards, followed by the beautiful Feodorovsky Cathedral. The Emperor personally laid the first stone it its foundation, later attending its dedication. The cathedral has undergone a truly remarkable restoration, including the iconostasis and the Lower Church.
It was then decided to build a town for the clergy. Built in the Neo-Russian style, it resembled a small Kremlin consisting of numerous buildings. Its construction is considered as the last pre-revolutionary attempt to strengthen the Russian State as a national idea.
Alexander Margolis, Chairman of the St. Petersburg branch of the All-Russian Society for the Preservation of Monuments notes: "It is a wonderful example of ancient Russian architecture. It reflects some of the most famous buildings and styles of the architecture of old Moscow, Yaroslavl, Rostov, etc."
Michael Kapral, a member of the Society of Russian Traditional Culture says: "The difficulties associated with the restoration of the Feodorovsky Gorodok will depend solely on both high ranking officials in the Kremlin, as well as the Russian Orthodox Church. The latter because the town is to include the official residence of the Russian Patriarch when he visits the St. Petersburg region."
The Society of Russian Culture is dedicated to preserving the traditions of the Tsarist Russia. It recently organized an exhibition in St. Petersburg dedicated to the Feodorovsky Gorodok, which brought together people from all walks of life who shared a common goal: the preservation and restoration of an important piece of Russian historical architecture. Organizers acknowledged the will and determination of those present to ensure that the project becomes a reality.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 09 June, 2012