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Saturday, 26 March 2011
Restoration of St. Theodore's Church, St. Petersburg
Topic: St. Theodore's Church

The restoration of the bell tower of St. Theodore's Church (Feodorovsky Sobor) in St. Petersburg has been completed.

Originally built in 1913 to mark the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, this beautiful church was nearly completely destroyed under the Soviets. In 1932, it was converted into a dairy, the dome was demolished. Many additional extensions and outbuildings used for industrial purposes reduced the once beautiful church to an architectural monstrosity.

The building was handed back to the church in 2005. The following year, a board of directors was formed to address the complete restoration of the church to its original. So far, a total of 22 million rubles has been allocated for such, however, the total bill to restore the church's facade, and interiors, including icons, is expected to run over 100 million rubles.

The bells have been meticulously recreated from the originals, which were destroyed during the reign of Joseph Stalin. They are named after members of the Russian Imperial family, and decorated with their portraits, coats of arms of ancient Russian cities, as well as the Romanov family coat of arms.

The church is scheduled to reopen in 2013, marking the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.

© Royal Russia. 26 March, 2011


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:43 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 26 March 2011 5:47 PM EDT
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Exhibition: Porcelain of the Yusupov Factory
Topic: Yusupov

 

The exhibition presents the articles of the Prince Yusupov Porcelain Factory from the collection of the Russian Museum: sets, beakers with the portraits of the prince, Nikolai I and Empress Maria Fyodorovna, plats with the image of flowers and fruits and another articles, with the paintwork made from the famous engravings and paintings by the European artists. These unique works painted by the serf painters who were educated by the French specialists, are distinguished by the distinctive style of paintwork and decorum. The splendid Yusupov porcelain of 1810 – 1830s was not intended for sail and was presented to the friends and guests of N. Yusupov and also to the members of Emperor’s family.

The exhibition runds from 11 November 2010 - May 2011 at the Stroganov Palace in St. Petersburg.

© The State Russian Museum. 26 March, 2011


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 4:59 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:03 PM EDT
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The House of the Romanov Boyars
Topic: Romanov

The dining room of the House of Boyars

The House of the Romanov Boyars is located on Varvarka Ulitsa, in what is perhaps one of the oldest surviving buildings in the historic Kitai Gorod section of the city.

It was built in the sixteenth century by Nikita Romanov (Ivan the Terrible's brother-in-law), and it once formed the nucleus of a vast complex of seven thousand households stretching down to the river, made almost entirely of wood, with the exception of the palace.

Romanov men folk used the first floor, built of stone, whose rooms are low and vaulted, with mica windows, tiled stoves and gilded, embossed leather "wallpaper", in contrast to the spacious, airy women's quarters upstairs, panelled in blonde wood. Here, married couples slept on benches against the walls, while unmarried daughters spent the daytime weaving in the adjacent svetlitsa or "light room", with its latticed windows overlooking the street. The residence was abandoned after Mikhail Romanov was elected tsar in 1613, and the whole family and their retainers moved into the Kremlin. It was restored on the orders of Nicholas I as a tribute to his ancestors, and opened as a public museum in 1859. Among the first visitors, were members of the Imperial family, famous writers and other prominent Russians.

Although a venerable Moscow institution, the palace is for some reason often overlooked by foreign visitors. This is a shame, as it is a genuinely fascinating and appealing museum that gives an unusually complete glimpse of a world unknown to most Russians, let alone foreign visitors to Moscow.

© Royal Russia. 26 March, 2011


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 4:48 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 26 March 2011 4:52 PM EDT
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Friday, 25 March 2011
The Icon of the Mother of God
Topic: Nicholas II

 

In the village of Kolomna (Kolomenskoye), near Moscow, on March 2/15, 1917, the day on which Emperor Nicholas II abdicated the throne, a new icon of the Mother of God appeared, known as the "Reigning" icon. This icon was found amid the odds and ends and dust in a basement, following the directions given by a certain deeply pious, God-fearing woman, who had thrice received a vision while asleep. There had appeared to her a large, very dark icon of the Mother of God wearing a robe of royal purple, a crown on her head, holding the scepter and orb of the Russian sovereigns, and seated on a throne.

Over the course of several months, the icon miraculously renewed itself and became bright and clear. The significance of this icon, which wondrously appeared to the Russian nation on the day of its greatest spiritual tragedy (the day of the Tsar's abdication) is that the Mother of God, in an extraordinarly significant way, came herself to the "Home of the Theotokos," which had been prepared for her by all of Russia's history, at the most grievous moment in the life of the people chosen by God, and took upon herself the burden of the Supreme Authority in the Russian realm.

Knowing the exceptional power of the faith and prayer of the Sovereign, Emperor Nicholas II, and his especially reverent veneration for the Mother of God, we cannot doubt that he had besought the Queen of heaven to assume the royal authority over the people who had rejected their anointed Tsar. Unusual for a image of the Mother of God, she is depicted as stern of countenance and severe, and the gaze of her sorrowful eyes is commanding, full of tears of both anger and love. The people of Russia understood this miraculous, prophetic sign: penitential prayers to the "Reigning" Mother of God began to be offered up all throughout Russia, and the icon itself, in countless copies, began to adorn all the churches of Russia. A marvellous akathist to this icon began to circulate, and the whole Church fell on its knees when listening to it.

The atheistic government, of course, could not remain indifferent to such "religious propaganda," and began cruelly to persecute all who venerated this icon. The akathist was proscribed, and the icons themselves were removed from the churches. The composers of the service and the akathist were executed by firing squad.

© Ivan Mikhailovich Andreevsky. 25 March, 2011





Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:01 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 25 April 2011 9:08 PM EDT
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Thursday, 24 March 2011
Ganina Yama's First Stone Church
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Topic: Ganima Yama

The first stone church to be built at Ganina Yama will be named in honour of the Reigning Mother of God. The foundation stone for the new church was laid on March 15th, by Archbishop Vincent, followed by the laying of a commemorative plaque.

The church is being erected on the site of a wooden church that was destroyed by fire in September, 2010. The new church will also house a memorial museum dedicated to Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

24 March, 2011



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 7:40 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 5 December 2011 2:22 PM EST
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Restoration of the Naval Cathedral at Kronstadt

 

Restoration of this historic Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas at Kronstadt is expected to be completed within a year. The consecration of the cathedral will be carried out by Patriarch of Moscow and Russia, Kirill in March, 2012.

The cathedral had been in a terrible state of disrepair and neglect, however, restoration of the facade and roof, which began two years ago has been completed. Work on the interiors is well underway, with the upper tier of the iconostasis, artificial marble and stucco decorations already completed.

A total of 96 icons will be reproduced for the iconostasis, thanks to a series of photographs and diagrams from 1914.

Full restoration will be completed in 2013, when the cathedral will mark its 100th anniversary.

© Royal Russia. 24 March, 2011



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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:05 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 23 March 2011
The Farm at Tsarskoe Selo
Topic: Tsarskoye Selo

The Tsar's Farm at Tsarskoe Selo was built between 1900-04. Sadly, the cottage was raised during the German occupation in World War II.

© Royal Russia. 23 March, 2011



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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:05 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 22 March 2011
OTMA
Topic: OTMA

 

A photo of the grand duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia (OTMA), in front of the Cathedral on the Spilled Blood, on the site of the former Ipatiev House, in Ekaterinburg.

© Photo: F. Nodé-Langlois / Le Figaro. 22 March, 2011



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 10:29 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:06 PM EDT
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Films About the Romanovs & the Russian Revolution

 

Russian Revolution films examine the events of the 1917 Revolution in many different ways. In most Russian Revolution films Hollywood stretches the truth or extracts a love story from the events. Some Russian Revolution films are about the events leading up to the Revolution which include the failing monarchy, Rasputin and his supposed influence over them, and the overthrow of the monarchy.

  1. Ten Days That Shook the World.” Based on the book of the same name by John Reed, an American socialist and journalist, about the Russian Revolution of 1917 that ended the Monarchy in Russia. This vintage film tells the story of the Revolution in a documentary format. The film stars Vladimir Popov as Aleksandr Kerensky, Vasili Nikandrov as V.I. Lenin, and Layaschenko as Konovalov.
  2. Rasputin and the Empress.” Factual integrity and Hollywood rarely collide and this film about the Russian Revolution is no exception. However, it is an interesting story of the waning reign of Tsar Nicholas and Alexandra. Historically starring John Barrymore as Prince Paul Chegodieff, Ethel Barrymore as Czarina Alexandra, and Lionel Barrymore as Grigori Rasputin together for the only time. The film's inaccurate portryal of Prince Felix and Irina Yusupov as Prince Chegodieff and Princess Natasha caused a major lawsuit against MGM.
  3. Scarlet Dawn.” Romance and intrigue with the Russian Revolution as the background. Russian officer Baron Nikita Krasnoff (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) and his troops experience troop revolts. He makes his way to Turkey traveling with Tanyusha Krasnoff (Nancy Carroll). A treacherous love triangle ensues with the arrival of ex Mistress Vera Zimina (Lilyan Tashman).
  4. Anastasia.” The murder of the Russian Monarchy left an unsolved mystery when the body of the young daughter Anastasia was not found with the body of her assassinated family. In this film, General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine (Yul Brenner) attempts to present the Grand Duchess Anastasia (Ingrid Bergman), a woman with amnesia he hired as an imposter, to the remaining members of the Romanov family. Pure speculation topped with a sprinkle of fantasy but Brynner and Bergman are spectacular.
  5. Doctor Zhivago.” An epic tale that follows a young Russian doctor and poet Yuri (Omar Sharif) from the beginning through the Russian Revolution. Costarring Geraldine Chaplin as his wife Tonya and Julie Christie as Lara, his Mistress. It was the winner of five Academy Awards.
  6. Rasputin the Mad Monk.” Hollywood has its way with this less than factual tale about Grigori Rasputin (Christopher Lee), the inexplicable Monk who had a powerful influence over the Russian monarchy near the end of their reign. The story follows Rasputin’s rise to power to his assassination.
  7. Nicholas and Alexandra.” This winner of two Academy Awards tell the story of Russian Czar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston) and Alexandra (Janet Suzman) from the just before the Russian Revolution, to their overthrow, their incarceration with their children, and their execution. Beautiful costume design and photography.
  8. Reds.” John Reed (Warren Beatty) a radical Socialist and American journalist witnesses the Russian Revolution and the Communist takeover and is inspired to lead a similar revolution in America with the woman he loves Louise Bryant (Dian Keaton) by his side. Jack Nicholson as Eugene O’Neill is brilliant. Winner of three Academy Awards.
  9. Rasputin.” Another look at the mysterious man who influenced and manipulated Czar Nicholas and Czarnia Alexandra shortly before the Russian Revolution. This film portrays Grigori Rasputin (Aleksei Pertenko) as a decadent, corrupt, and power drunk sexual pervert. Costarring Anatoli Romashin as Nicholas II and Velta Line as Aleksandra Fyodorovna.
  10. Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna.” Since the Russian Revolution and the assassination of the monarchy, a handful of women have come forth claiming to be Anastasia Romanov who was thought to have survived the execution of her entire family. This is the story of Anna Anderson (Amy Irving) who claimed to be Anastasia. Costarring Olivia de Havilland as the Dowager Empress Maria, Jan Niklas as Prince Erich, and Susan Licci as Darya Romanoff.

© Screen Junkies. 22 March, 2011



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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:06 PM EDT
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Monument to Stolypin to Appear in Moscow
Topic: Stolypin, Pyotr

Monumental Art Committee at Moscow City Council has approved the idea of setting up a monument to the well-known reformer Pyotr Stolypin.       

However, the future place of the monument and its financial source still remain unknown.

In 2002 the Committee already considered the possibility of creating a monument to Stolypin, however the experts then decided that one monument to the reformer in St. Petersburg is enough. Instead, it was decided to put up a monument to the storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. After all it was never established due to the economical crisis.

Next year will be the 150th anniversary since Pyotr Stolypin's birth.

© Russia Info-Centre. 22 March, 2011


 


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