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Monday, 5 March 2012
Vintage Photo of Nicholas II No. 4
Topic: Nicholas II

Emperor Nicholas II out for a drive along the Crimean coast in one of his numerous automobiles, with his daughters, the Grand Duchesses Olga, Anastasia and Tatiana.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 05 March, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:44 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 7 March 2012 3:40 PM EST
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Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II
Topic: Nicholas II


A small museum has been established at the Petrovsky Palace in Moscow, where visitors can now view items from the 1896 Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II, including souvenirs distributed marking the event.

Members of the Russian Imperial family stayed at the palace, before the tsar made his official entry into Moscow for his coronation ceremony.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 05 March, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:31 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 6 March 2012 5:49 AM EST
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Friday, 2 March 2012
Ropsha Palace in Urgent Need of Repair
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Topic: Ropsha

"The state of the palace at Ropsha is urgent and requires immediate intervention if the historical building is to be saved." This message has been sent to UNESCO from the Public Chamber of the Leningrad Region and the local branch of the All-Russian Society for the Preservation of Monuments. The groups have asked UNESCO to declare the palace at Ropsha as a World Heritage Site.

Preservation groups have also called on the federal government to step in and save the former Imperial residence. Local government insists that they lack the funds to restore the building and are pressing the Ministry of Culture to come to the rescue, as they did with the Konstantin Palace at Strelna.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 02 March, 2012




Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:58 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 12 January 2015 6:55 AM EST
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Thursday, 1 March 2012
Palace of the Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich at Tsarskoye Selo
Topic: Tsarskoye Selo

Overshadowed by the Catherine and Alexander Palaces, the palace of the Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich at Tsarskoye Selo is one that most visitors overlook while visiting modern-day Pushkin.

The land that the palace sits was presented to Prince Victor Pavlovich Kochubey in 1817, as a gift from Emperor Alexander I. It was here that the prince had a palace built. In 1835, Emperor Nicholas I purchased the palace for his son, the Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich.

In 1875 the palace changed hands yet again, when it was purchased by the Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich. The grand duke served as president of the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg for more than 30 years until his death in 1909. During the First World War, the palace became a meeting palace for members of the Imperial family, headed by Vladimir’s widow, the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna. It was here that they plotted against Emperor Nicholas II and his policies in dealing with the war against Germany, his wife, Rasputin, and more.

In the last few years, the palace underwent a major restoration, and today, the former residence of the grand duke serves as a wedding palace for the residents of Pushkin. Two lions stand guard at the steps of the staircase leading to the main entrance to the palace which overlooks a beautifully kept garden.


© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 01 March, 2012



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Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Monument to Prince Pyotr Bagration to be Erected in St. Petersburg
Topic: Bagrations


A monument to the hero of the Patriotic War of 1812, Prince Pyotr Ivanovich Bagration will be erected in St. Petersburg by September, 7th, the day which will mark the 200th anniversary of the Borodino Battle.

The author of the monument is sculptor Jan Neiman. The monument to Pyotr Bagration – “Lion of the Russian army” - is expected to be set up in the eastern part of the former Semenovsky parade-ground – next to the Theatre of Young Spectators. Bagration, a descendant of the Georgian royal family, he served as chief of the life guards of the Semenovsky Regiment.

© Russia Info-Centre. 29 February, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 10:02 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 29 February 2012 10:05 AM EST
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Imperial Chambers in Moscow to be Restored
Topic: Museums


The Imperial Chambers of the Romanov Boyars Museum in Moscow will be restored by next year for the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in 2013.

The museum has stated that it will be a partial restoration, because the building is still in rather good condition.

Along with the repair work in the Imperial Chambers, there are plans to redesign the layout of the museum itself. This will allow visitors to experience how the noble families of the 16th and 17th century Moscow lived.

The imperial manor became a museum in 1857. It also gave birth to the legend that the future tsar of Russia would be born there. The Imperial Chambers have been a branch of the State Historical Museum since 1932.

© Russia Info-Centre. 29 February, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:41 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 29 February 2012 9:50 AM EST
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Peter the Great Voted Leader
Topic: Peter the Great


Peter the Great outstripped the competition in a bid to become Russia’s next president in a rehearsal vote held in 12 voting stations in Moscow on Saturday.

His opponents were Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, and Genghis Khan, the Moscow election committee said, RIA-Novosti reported.

The voting followed the procedures to be used in the presidential election on March 4. The rehearsal was also an opportunity to test the video cameras installed at each location.

The ballots included information about each candidate, including date of birth, nominating party, marital status and a summary of achievements.

At one voting station, twenty-six voted for Peter the Great, six for Genghis Khan, and four for Alexander the Great, while Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill each received two votes.

City-wide, Peter the Great won by a large margin.

© St. Petersburg Times. 29 February, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:28 AM EST
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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Fire Breaks Out at Palace of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich
Topic: Sergei Alexandrovich GD


A fire broke out at the former St. Petersburg residence of the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and his wife, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna.

Situated on the Nevsky Prospect, the palace is today more commonly known as the Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace.

The fire broke out about noon and quickly spread to the attic and the roof. The cause of the fire or the extent of the damage to the interiors and the facade is not yet known. Further updates will be posted as information becomes available.


© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 28 February, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:25 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 5:54 AM EST
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Onion Domes Bring Tears to Paris Mayor
Topic: Russian Church


A glass canopy will swoop over part of the garden, joining the stone cultural centre and church with nine golden domes

Plans to build a 25-meter-tall Russian Orthodox Church are being given a similar reception to the Eiffel Tower more than a hundred years ago.

­The Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe describes the church with its five gilded domes, as “ostentatious”. The Mayor fears it won’t match “the harmony of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the perspective of the Eiffel Tower”. He says that if the authorities give Russia the green light to build the church, it will only be for diplomatic and financial reasons.  

Earlier this year Russia put in a planning application for a church and a cultural centre on the site of a former headquarters of the French Weather Service. The whole complex will be a little over 4,000 square metres and include a library, a divinity school and a meeting point for Russian community members.

The project is the brainchild of Russian and French architects headed by Spanish artist Manuel NuÑ ez-Yanowsky. However, the idea of its creation belongs to the late Patriarch of Russia, Aleksey II who proposed the idea to French President Nicolas Sarkozy back in 2007.

© Russia Today. 28 February, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:19 AM EST
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Monday, 27 February 2012
Nicholas II Rare Photos on Display in Ekaterinburg
Topic: Ekaterinburg


An exhibition featuring photos of Nicholas II and his family, titled With Love to Russia, has opened in Yekaterinburg in the Urals.

A source in the Yekaterinburg eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church told the ITAR-TASS news agency that the collection features rare photos of the last Russian emperor and members of his family.

Nicholas II and his family were executed by Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg on 17 July, 1918.

© ITAR-TASS. 27 February, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 3:15 PM EST
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