Topic: Alexander III
On March 27, 1881 Gatchina became the principal imperial residence of the reigning Russian emperor. Alexander III and his family settled down in the Gatchina Palace occupying the mezzanine floor of the Arsenal Wing. In contrast to the lavishly decorated state apartments, these small, low-ceilinged rooms caused surprise among contemporaries. However, the family found those rooms most comfortable to live in, all furnishings closely reflecting their tastes.
The apartments included Alexander III’s study, in which he dealt with state affairs and received members of the ruling houses of Europe, renowned politicians, scholars and cultural figures.
In 2007 most of the historical lay-out in the rooms was restored and a permanent exhibition installed.
© Gatchina State Museum. 2 February, 2012