TIME TRAVEL WITH ROMANOV FAMILY: ALEXANDER PALACE AND PARK 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…
TIME TRAVEL WITH ROMANOV FAMILY: FEODOROVSKY CATHEDRAL In the distance, floating above treetops one can see the golden dome of the Feodorovsky Cathedral. As you walk through the tree-lined alley, the cathedral emerges. Feodorovsky Cathedral was consecrated in 1912 and restored to its pre-revolutionary glory in 2005. Above the…
TIME TRAVEL WITH ROMANOV FAMILY: CHILDREN’S ISLAND PIER This is a familiar photo of Tsarevich Alexei in Alexander Park in 1917, and I only recently figured out that it was taken from the Children’s Island. Please watch the video below: Copyright Helen Azar 2016
TIME TRAVEL WITH ROMANOV FAMILY: CHILDREN’S ISLAND
Chidren’s Island in the 19th century
The playhouse on the Children’s Island
Across a canal from the west wing of the Alexander Palace is a tiny island – called the Children’s Island, complete with a miniature but fully real play house. The play house was originally built for the children of the first Tsar Nicholas in 1830, but was fully enjoyed by the last imperial children. The little island also contains a grave yard for the beloved imperial pets.
Grand Duchess Tatiana near the Children’s Island
I tried to take a selfie in the same spot as Grand Duchess Tatiana
Grand Duchesses Maria and Anastasia kayaking near the Children’s Island
Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana at the pet graveyard on Children’s Island
You can see the layout of the Children’s Island in this video and its proximity to the palace (Copyright Helen Azar 2005).