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.
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