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Monday, 7 March 2011
Livadia Palace to Celebrate 100 Years


 

September 21st marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Grand Palace at Livadia, situated three kilometers from Yalta in the Crimea.

To mark the occasion, the Crimea National Committee for the Protection of Cultural Heritage has proposed the creation of the Livadia Historical-Architectural Reserve. The newly created reserve would include the Grand Palace and adjacent buildings, including the palace of Count Fredericks, the Holy Cross Church, as well as the surrounding park which includes pavilions and fountains dating back to the tsarist period. The palace and park complex will occupy an area of approximately 37 hectares.

Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ekaterina Yurchenko recently met with the Ministry of Culture of Crimea to develop a plan of activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Livadia Palace. She also noted that a request has been made for funds for the complete restoration of the palace which would come from both government and private sources.

Livadia is recognized as a monument of great architectural and historical importance of the 19th-20th centuries. The palace was a favourite residence of Tsar Nicholas II and his family up until the outbreak of World War One. In 1925 the former Imperial palace was turned into a sanatorium for peasants, while in 1945 it served as the location of the Yalta Conference. In 1993 the palace received the official status as a museum. The proposed new status elevating Livadia to that of an historical and architectural reserve will allow for both government protection and funding.

© Paul Gilbert. 07 March, 2011


  

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 2:29 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:16 PM EDT
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Everything Old is New Again in the Winter Palace
Topic: Winter Palace

Visitors to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg will be pleased to learn that the grand staircase entrance to the former Winter Palace has received a much needed facelift.

Specialists renewed marble decorations and sculptures, managing to preserve the old gilding of decorative components.

The lighting of the staircase proved to be one of the most challenging tasks for architects.

The entrance to the building appearance now resembles the architectural concept dating back to its 1830s original.

07 March, 2011


 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:19 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:16 PM EDT
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Sunday, 6 March 2011
Eastern Journey of Nicholas II 1890-91
Now Playing: Language: Russian. Duration: 28 minutes, 50 seconds.
Topic: Nicholas II

 

Tsar Nicholas II, as heir to the Russian throne travelled around Asia in the years 1890-91. His itinerary included Greece – Egypt -  India – Ceylon – Java – Siam – China – Japan – Siberia. 

The film is based on the artist's illustrations of N. Kazarina for the book "Journey to the East of Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich, 1890-91 years," by Prince E.EUkhtomsky.

06 March, 2011


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:46 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:17 PM EDT
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Russian President Visits Tomb of Emperor Alexander II
Topic: Alexander II

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev lays flowers at the tomb of Russian Tsar Alexander II, who died on March 1, 1881, in the Peter and Paul Cathedral of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday sought to portray himself as a modern successor to reforming Tsar Alexander II as Russia marked 150 years since his historic decree to emancipate the serfs.

His comments marked a new stage in official recognition for the achievements of the Romanov dynasty which was ousted in the 1917 Russian Revolution but has gradually been rehabilitated under Russia's modern rulers.

© France24. 03 March, 2011



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 10:45 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:17 PM EDT
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Thursday, 3 March 2011
Priests Reprint Tsarist-Era Censored Pushkin Tale
Topic: Pushkin

A classic Alexander Pushkin fairy tale ridiculing a priest was reprinted by Krasnodar region church officials in a Tsarist-era censored version that replaces the clergyman with a merchant.

The idea was pitched by Russian Orthodox priest Pavel Kalinin from the local town of Armavir, who has obtained an old censored edition of the tale, the regional news web site 93.ru reported Monday.

The book, which has print run of some 3,000 copies, was blessed by the region's bishop and recommended for use in Sunday schools, the report said.

The rhymed story, a staple of Russian children's literature, is called "The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda" and tells of a niggardly priest who hires a man ready to work for the price of three blows to the employer's head. Later realizing how strong the worker is, the priest gives him difficult tasks to accomplish, but Balda fulfills them all and punishes the employer by making him lose his mind from the blows.

The censored story, which delivers a moral lesson about greed instead of satirizing the clergy, better highlights Pushkin's original intent, the publisher was quoted as saying. A dean of the Armavir church behind the project said the censored version is better because it has no "godless mockery of the clergy."

The tale was not published during Pushkin's lifetime, and the first publisher, poet Vasily Zhukovsky, opted in 1840 to replace the priest with a merchant to spare Pushkin's heirs problems with the authorities. The uncensored version was not published until 1882.

© The Moscow Times. 01 March, 2011



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:18 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Russian Silver Casket Sells for Over $250,000
Topic: Antiques

Excitement was in the air at Weschler’s February 12th auction of European & American Furniture and Decorations including Asian Works of Art when a Russian silver gilt cloisonné and en-plein enamel casket went on the auction block. The casket, made by Antip Ivanovich Kuzmichev, Moscow, 1896-1908, garnered a lot of attention prior to the auction and once bidding began the casket soared past its estimate of $30,000-$50,000 and sold to an overseas phone bidder for $256,750. 

© ARTFIXdaily. 01 March, 2011



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:18 PM EDT
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Tsar's Throne on Display at Versailles
Topic: Nicholas II

The throne of Tsar Nicholas II is on view at the Chateau de Versailles through June 19 as part of the show "Trones en Majeste."

© Bloomberg. 01 March, 2011



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 7 March 2011 9:24 AM EST
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