Topic: Peter and Paul Fortress
The Tsar's Rooms have reopened in the Peter and Paul Cathedral at St. Petersburg. The interiors of the Tsar’s Rooms have been recreated for the first time since 1917. In them you can see exhibits from the collections of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, which reveal the importance of the cathedral as one of the main places of worship in the former Russian capital.
The Tsar’s Rooms are located in the gallery connecting the Peter and Paul Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Mausoleum. The rooms were built in the early 20th century by Leon Benois (1856-1928) and intended for the use of the Imperial family while visiting the cathedral. Four rooms were decorated in the style of Louis XV and furnished with furniture made by the St. Petersburg factory Friedrich Melzer.
The rooms suffered considerable damage during the Soviet era. The restoration of the Tsar's Rooms began in 2011-2013, with every care taken to preserve much of the historic interiors.
The rooms currently house portraits of the Russian emperors and empresses: Peter I, Catherine I, Elizabeth I, Paul I, Alexander I, Nicholas I, Alexander II, Nicholas II. Also on display are panoramic views of St. Petersburg of the 19th century, depicting the palaces and buildings of the imperial capital - the Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Winter Palace and the Palace Embankment, the Admiralty and the Cabinet of Curiosities, The Summer Garden.
An entire section of the current exhibit is devoted to the burial and memorials to members of the Romanov dynasty who are buried in the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Of particular interest is a memorial wreath (see photo) originally placed on the tomb of Emperor Alexander II after his assassination by terrorists in 1881.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 31 July, 2013
The Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg is to be restored.
The Culture Ministry of the Russian Federation has announced the competition for the right of carrying out repair and restoration works on the cultural heritage site. The corresponding announcement is placed on the official site of state orders of the Russian Federation.
According to the specification, the task of the winner will include restoration of facades of the cathedral and the bell tower, as well as repair of the roof and reconstruction of the paving of porticoes. All the planned renovations are expected to be finished before November, 2012.
The Peter and Paul Cathedral is one of the main buildings of the ensemble of the Peter and Paul Fortress. The cathedral was constructed according to the project and under the direction of architect Domenico Trezini. Construction of the unique monument took 20 years to complete - from 1712 to 1732. The Peter and Paul Cathedral is the sepulchre of the Russian emperors and empresses.
© Oreanda.ru. 13 May, 2012
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