ROMANOV FAMILY: ROPSHA PALACE

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              ROMANOV FAMILY: ROPSHA PALACE

Tsar Peter III in 1792, shortly before his murder.

In addition to being one of the favorite fishing and hunting spots of Nicholas II, Ropsha palace has some darker history: it was where Tsar Peter III, husband of Catherine the Great, was murdered in 1762.

 

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TSAR NICHOLAS II AND ESTONIA by Liisi Kund

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TSAR NICHOLAS II AND ESTONIA

By Liisi Kund

 

This Romanov history enthusiast decided to look into my country´s archives to learn what relationship there was between Tsar Nicholas II and Estonia.

Estonia has been part of Russia several times, the latest being 1944-1991 as part of the Soviet Union; prior to that it was 1710-1918, as of what we call “The Russian era”. Between these two time periods, we fought for our independence –  the Estonian Declaration of Independence was read out in Pärnu on 23 February 1918.  So for Estonia, the year 2018 is a centennial celebration, and myself I somehow feel sad,  as it´s also 100 years since the  deaths of the Russian Imperial family.

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GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NIKOLAEVNA: BRETHREN CEMETERY OF TSARSKOE SELO

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GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NIKOLAEVNA: BRETHREN CEMETERY OF TSARSKOE SELO

In 1914, soon after the start of the First World War, near the Kazan Cemetery, a special section of land was assigned for burial of deceased soldiers from Tsarskoe Selo infirmaries. Originally the cemetery contained 400 graves and was named “The Heroes’ Cemetery”, but by early 1915 it was renamed  ‘The Brethren Cemetery of Tsarskoe Selo”. From this time it came under the special patronage of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.

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ROMANOV FAMILY: THE BIG PAIR’S INFIRMARY TODAY

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ROMANOV FAMILY: THE BIG PAIR’S INFIRMARY TODAY

If you ever wondered what the infirmary where Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana worked looks like today, I made these videos especially for you.

Do you recognize any spots familiar from photographs?

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1913 DIARY OF MARIA ROMANOV. MATH AND SCIENCE SCHOOL

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1913 DIARY OF MARIA ROMANOV.  MATH AND SCIENCE SCHOOL

Maria Romanov in 1913

“4 [March]. Monday. Had lessons in the morning. Had breakfast with Papa and Mama on the sofa. Went to the review of the Albavsky sailors. Had tea alone. Had a music lesson. Went to Realnoye School with Olga and Trina for a physics [lesson]. Did homework. Had dinner with Anastasia and Alexei. “

The Math and Science school (Realnoye School) is located almost directly across the street from Grand Duchesses’ Olga and Tatiana’s infirmary, so occasionally Maria would stop by to see them there before or after Physics lesson.

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ROMANOV FAMILY: ALEXANDER PALACE AND PARK

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ROMANOV FAMILY: ALEXANDER PALACE AND PARK

The Alexander Palace Palace prior to the revolution – primary residence of the Romanov family

The Alexander Palace, still being restored at the time of this writing, is one of the original imperial structures that survived World War II and the Nazi occupation of the Town of Pushkin. Commissioned by Empress Catherine the Great in 1792, it was given by her as a wedding gift to her favorite grandson, the future Tsar Alexander I. The last Russian imperial family chose this unassuming, relatively small palace as their permanent residence in the early 20th century. It was here where they were placed under house arrest when the Russian revolution broke out in 1917 and Nicholas II was forced to abdicate.

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