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“Once a beautiful palace, badly needs to be restored.”
Review of Alexander Park

Alexander Park
Ranked #6 of 78 things to do in Pushkin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This magnificent palace is most well known for its role during the reign of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, who, with his family, was kept here before being moved to Siberia and then murdered.
Reviewed May 10, 2009

I have been into studying the last Russian Imperial Family. Especially reading and studying the photographs of their offical home, the Alexander Palace.

The outside of this beautiful building is slowly decaying from neglect, few windows had been smashed and coloums crumbling. The grounds are well kept at the front and has a small memorial plaque in rememberance of Tsar Nicholas II and family, however the island near the palace known as the children's island is very over grown. The dock which used to have little boats has long been destroyed. There is a little building known to be the children's house where the young Grand Duchesses and Tsarevich used to play. This building has been vandalised and the windows and doors have been boarded up as locals especially during winter used to skate across the ice to graffiti and crash out inside.

Back to the palace. The building itself has gone through a lot of transformation and not for the better. When the Imperial Family was exhiled, it was owned by the goverment, then it became a museum of the Imperial family showcasing on how the family lived with their own personal photographs and items. Leaving the rooms as they were when the family left.

During WWII Nazi's occupied the palace and vandalised it. Many of the Imperial family's items were taken and hidden when the Nazi's invaded. Then after the war, it was an orphanage and furniture that was once owned by the Imperial family were thrown away or given to charity shops. After this it was bought by the navy.

Which brings me to say that the navy is housed in one wing of the palace and the other wing is opened for tourists. The Russian film, "Romanov, The Imperial Family" which is about the last year and half of the Imperial family including their murder was filmed here.

Not many people come to this palace as the tourist destination at Tsarskoye Selo is the Catherine Palace and Peterhof. Which has been restored to their former glory. Which is sad that this treasure is basically forgotten or not many people know about it.

When I arrived there, two elderly ladies was excited on my attendance and were happy to show me around. Make note that they speak in Russian and have little English. So you must know your Russian.

What can I say. The rooms are very barron, many rooms have had walls knocked down or walls build in different areas that were not originally there. The furniture is reproductions of original furnitiure or they tried to get furiture that is similar to the period.
It does showcase the Imperial family's clothing and toys owned by the children.
Many rooms have blown up photographs of what the rooms used to look like prior to their current state.

One room is was a set for the movie Romanovy which was mentioned. It is the only room that resembles of what the rooms would have looked like when the Imperial Family lived there.
I would recommend this place for people interested in Russian history and to at least take a look at this beautiful building.

6  Thank Labia
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Reviewed November 14, 2008

Each time I go to St Petersburg, I have gone to Alexander palace. There is so much more to it than meets the eye. Thankfully the crowds continue to throng to Catherines Palace next door - that leaves AP for me! In fact, the most people I have seen there on a day is about 10. This puzzles me, but I love it. The Palace survived the war, unlike Catherines which is almost entirely rebuilt. Because of that, so far, AP has had little attention. I love its decrepit look - there are more ghosts that way. I shudder to think of it being restored. Inside are the personal items, clothes, furniture of the last Romanovs. I defy anyone who knows anything about them to be unmoved by these exhibits. The austere rooms and exhibits only underline the romantic nature of the place. It is a beautiful palace - if Catherine's is a stately queen, then Alexander Palace is a ballerina. Of all the palances, I dont think there is one that is more romantic, more relevant than this one. The people who work there are very approachable - the love to be asked questions and they are quick to tell you all about it (prepare to speak Russian). But...sure...go to Catherine's Palace ...please!

7  Thank Missing_inSP
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Reviewed August 28, 2005

Of course the Alexander Palace doesn't even begin to compare with its larger and much more ornate neighbor, Catherine's Palace. And I don't think many tourist have the energy to take on yet another palace after they've toured that one. But luckily for me, on one of my trips to Pushkin, Catherine's Palace tickets had already sold out. Grasping for something to do, a friend suggested that we hike up the road a bit to see this other palace that I'd never heard of.

When we got there, it looked so scruffy on the outside that we weren't sure it was even open. But it was, and was in fact fully staffed by old women who were thrilled to get so many visitors! I think we saw two other visitors the entire time we were there. There wasn't much of anything in English, so brush up on your Russian if you want to get the most out of the visit. But as long as you know something about the life of Nicholas II and his family, the palace is fascinating. Nicholas and family spent much of 1917 hiding from the revolutionary troubles here, and this is the last palace they lived in before they were carted out to Yekaterinburg. Most of the rooms are arranged to look approximately as they had when Nicholas lived here. In the last rooms are displays of the childrens' clothes and toys. There is also a film which shows actual footage of Nicholas and his wife, although we were only able to sustain interest in repeated military parades for so long...

To sum up, I wouldn't put Alexander's Palace at the very top of your list, but if you're interested in Russian history, especially the life of Nicholas II, this is a great place to stop. And unlike the exorbitant prices over at Catherine's shack, this place is free!

13  Thank Marywhotravels
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