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Thursday, 12 January 2012
Memorial Chapel at Borki
Topic: Alexander III

On 29 October [Old Style 17 October] 1888, the Imperial train carrying Emperor Alexander III and his family derailed at high speed near the town of Borki. The train was travelling from the Crimea to St. Petersburg when the accident occurred, killing and injuring dozens of people.

Alexander held the collapsed roof of the rail car on his shoulder while his family escaped to safety. The story of the miraculous escape resulted in a cathedral being built near the site, but was later destroyed by the Soviets.

In 1992, local residents embarked on an ambitious fundraising plan to rebuild the chapel. With the help of the Southern Railway, reconstruction on the chapel was completed in the summer of 2003.

Local residents and Orthodox faithful are optimistic that the Christ the Saviour Cathedral will be rebuilt on the site of the demolished church.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 12 January, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 3:36 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 12 January 2012 3:41 PM EST
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Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Agate Rooms at Tsarskoye Selo Now Open to Visitors
Topic: Tsarskoye Selo

Visitors can now visit the personal apartments of the Empress Catherine the Great at Tsarskoye Selo.

Two rooms in the Agate Pavilion have been opened for visiting, the study and the library, where the empress liked to spend her free time.

18th century Russian craftsmen had an unrivalled experience in working with such materials as agate and jasper. Even the floor in the rooms is a work of art.

Children became the first visitors of the new exhibition.  A master-class was given to them by a professional stone-cutter.   

The rest of the rooms will be opened for visiting in 2013.

© TASS. 11 January, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 12 January 2012 9:18 AM EST
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Tuesday, 10 January 2012
First Monument to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna in Russia
Topic: Alexandra Feodorovna

A monument to the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of Emperor Nicholas II can be seen at Ganina Yama, a monastery situated near Ekaterinburg.

It is the only monument to the last empress to be found in modern-day Russia.


© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 10 January, 2012


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Monday, 9 January 2012
Old Russian Coins Auctioned Off
Topic: Numismatics

A 1766 pattern rouble depicting the bust of Catherine II came under the hammer at a numismatic auction in New York for $936,000.

The rare coin, which was issued only in three copies, was bought by an anonymous Russian collector by phone.

Coins from the days of the Russian Empire have caused quite a stir within numismatic circles.  

A 1876 gold coin worth 25 roubles sold for $210,600 and a 1736 silver rouble with the portrait of Empress Anna Ioanovna was snapped up for nearly $94,000.

© TASS. 9 January, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EST
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Saturday, 7 January 2012
Orthodox Christmas Mass in Russia's Major Cathedral
Topic: Russian Church

More than 30,000 churches and cathedrals across Russia have held religious services as Russia is celebrating Orthodox Christmas. The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill, has delivered the Christmas Eve Mass in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.

© Russia Today. 7 January, 2011

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Thursday, 5 January 2012
Historic Building in the Alexander Park to Be Restored
Topic: Tsarskoye Selo


The Tsarskoe Selo Palace Museum Complex have announced plans to retore the historic White Tower.

Situated not far from the Alexander Palace, the 19th-century building in the Neo-Gothic style resembles a medieval knights castle. It was damaged during the Second World War.

Restoration will recreate the facade and brickwork, cast iron fences, and balconies. Work is expected to be completed in May 2012, and will be used to host exhibitions.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 5 January, 2012

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Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Pavlovsk Hosts Unique Church Exhibit

Rare church vestments and utensils will be on display at an exhibition which is to open at the State Museum-Reserve Pavlovsk in St.Petersburg on Saturday.

The opening is timed to coincide with Orthodox Christmas which is traditionally celebrated on January 7.

The exhibition features items from the St. Paul and Peter Cathedral located on the territory of the Pavlovsk Palace.

© TASS. 4 January, 2012


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Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Update on Agate Pavilion Restoration
Topic: Tsarskoye Selo

Two unique rooms, - the Agate Room and the Library, are now open to visitors following their restoration at the Tsarskoe Selo 18th century memorial estate near St. Petersburg.

The Agate rooms are the only rooms of Empress Catherine the Great at Tsarskoe Selo that have retained their original decoration to this day. They are unique in terms of design and unparalleled anywhere in the world.

The restoration of the Agate Room got under way earlier this year. Restoration was simultaneously under way in the Library, which now looks the way it did in the 18th century. Restoration on other rooms in the Agate Pavilion will continue through 2013.

© TASS. 3 January, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 8 January 2012 7:44 AM EST
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Monday, 2 January 2012
Tsarina's Porcelain Cat Returns to Alexander Palace
Topic: Alexander Palace


A porcelain cat that was once belonged to the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna has returned to the Alexander Palace.

The object was presented to the Empress as a Christmas gift in 1903, however, it disappeared after the 1917 Revolution. It was recently purchased at an auction in Moscow by the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve.

The colour-glazed, almost life-size figure was produced in 1903, along with 3 other similar works by the St. Petersburg Imperial Porcelain Manufactory. They were sculpted by Ivan Zotov to the design of August Heinrich Timus, the manufacturers sculpture workshop manager who created a series of animal figures in the early 1900s.

The cat will once again join the growing porcelain collection of the Alexander Palace.

© Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve. 2 January, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 8 January 2012 7:38 AM EST
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Friday, 16 December 2011
Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna's Visit to the United States
Now Playing: Language: English and Russian. Duration: 26 minutes, 47 seconds
Topic: Maria Vladimirovna GD

The Russian Imperial Union Order (RIUO) has prepared a video of the visit of HIH the Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna's visit to the United States in 2010.

© Russian Imperial Union Order. 16 December, 2011

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