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Monday, 21 March 2011
Seal of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich
Topic: Sergei Alexandrovich GD




The seal of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich was made in 1898, by B. Reimer. The seal is made of gold and topaz, and topped with an Imperial crown. The seal was believed to have been stolen in 1922, but returned to the Armory Museum in Moscow in 1926, by the an employee of the Moscow Association of Jewelry.

It will be on display in the Exhibition Hall of the Assumption Belfry, from 6 April to 24 July, 2011, as part of an exhibition dedicated to Faberge and his contemporaries.

© Royal Russia. 21 March, 2011




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Updated: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 5:53 AM EST
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Israel Hands Over Tsarist-Era Landmark
Topic: Sergei Alexandrovich GD




Israel is handing back ownership of a czarist-era landmark in the heart of Jerusalem to Russia, defusing a long-simmering dispute between the two countries right before Israel's leader visits Moscow.

The hewn stone building, built in 1890 to accommodate Russian pilgrims to the Holy Land, is a prominent edifice on the Jerusalem landscape with its soaring turret and lush garden.

The site was named for Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, a son of Czar Alexander III, and is part of a complex known as the Russian Compound. Israel bought most of it from the Soviet Union in the early 1960s, paying with oranges because it didn't have hard currency.

Israel seized control of it after the Soviet Union severed ties with the Jewish state following the 1967 Mideast war. The two countries restored ties in 1991 and negotiations to return the courtyard ownership to Russia began in the 1990s.

© Associated Press. 21 March, 2011



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Updated: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 5:53 AM EST
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Sunday, 20 March 2011
Mansion of Count Sergei Witte
Topic: Witte, Sergei


The modest white and blue mansion at No. 5 Kamennoostrovsky Pl., in St. Petersburg was the former home of Count Sergei Witte. He was one of the most important political figures of Tsarist Russia.


He served under the last two emperors of Russia. He was also the author of the October Manifesto of 1905, a precursor to Russia's first constitution  and Chairman of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister) of the Russian Empire.


Witte lived in his St. Petersburg mansion until his death in 1915.

© Royal Russia. 20 March, 2011

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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:08 PM EDT
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Organ Music Back at the Tauride Palace
Now Playing: Language: Russian. Duration: 2 minutes, 37 seconds
Topic: Tauride Palace

Concerts of organ music are making a spectacular comeback to the Tauride Palace in St.Petersburg after a 100-year break.

A new organ, supplied by Spain’s top organ makers Gerhard Grenzing, was designed to fit the interior of the Domed Hall, where the Potemkin organ lost in the 19th century used to stand.

During the presentation of the new organ today Russian and Spanish organ players will perform pieces by Handel, Mendelsson and Brahms.

© Voice of Russia. 20 March, 2011

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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:09 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Tsar Nicholas II's Rolls-Royce Up for Sale
Now Playing: Language: Russian. Duration: 43 seconds
Topic: Nicholas II

A unique purple Rolls Royce, once belonging to Tsar Nicholas II is up for grabs, the asking price is 5.5 million Euros.

15 March, 2011


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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:09 PM EDT
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Monday, 14 March 2011
Royal Russia Achieves New Milestone!
Topic: Royal Russia


I am very pleased to announce that our 'Royal Russia' web site reached a new milestone. In the past year, our web site has welcomed over ONE MILLION visitors making 'Royal Russia' one of the most popular sites on the internet dedicated to the Romanov dynasty and Imperial Russian history!

Thank you for your continued support in helping to keep the memories of old Russia alive!

Paul Gilbert


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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:09 PM EDT
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Saturday, 12 March 2011
A Faberge Inspired Treat

One of the leading Russian fashion designers, Valentin Yudashkin, has tried his hand at haute cuisine. He’s created an exquisite signature dessert served at the legendary Parisian Cafe de la Paix.

­The designer’s “Imperial Gift”, inspired by Carl Fabergé creations, has already been described as a treat to make anyone’s mouth water.

A meringue coated with chocolate, it has savory lemon flavor and a light vanilla cream spiced up with pieces of fresh blueberry and blackberry.

On top of the complex culinary installation, there’s a sweet waffle roll hiding a sugar-coated raspberry with golden tears.

The established Russian designer, whose creations have been exhibited at the Louvre Museum of Fashion and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, was quoted as saying that the challenge was to find such ingredients that would reveal all the nuances of traditional Russian cuisine.

“Desserts are my guilty-food pleasure. That’s why I was especially pleased to make my modest contribution to French culinary art,” Yudashkin told Itar-Tass news agency.

© Russia Today. 12 March, 2011


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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:10 PM EDT
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Friday, 11 March 2011
Alexander Palace, Portrait Hall
Topic: Alexander Palace

A photograph of the Portrait Hall in the Alexander Palace, taken before the Second World War

11 March, 2011

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:07 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:10 PM EDT
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Winter Sleigh Rides at Tsarskoe Selo
Topic: Tsarskoye Selo

Visitors to Tsarskoe Selo can enjoy a winter sleigh ride through the Alexander Park. Enjoy the palaces, the park and its pavilions in a two-horse, open four-seat carriage. Weather permitting of course.

© GMZ Tsarskoe Selo. 11 March, 2011


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 4:50 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 11 March 2011 4:53 PM EST
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The Alexander Palace: Plundered by the Nazis
Topic: Alexander Palace

Plundered by the Nazis, the former Study of Emperor Nicholas II in 1944

11 March, 2011

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 4:44 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:11 PM EDT
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