ROMANOV FAMILY: THE BIG PAIR’S INFIRMARY TODAY

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

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

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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TIME TRAVEL WITH ROMANOV FAMILY: FEODOROVSKY CATHEDRAL

TIME TRAVEL WITH ROMANOV FAMILY: FEODOROVSKY CATHEDRAL

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 parish entrance are the icons of Nicholas and Alexandra and the icon of St Seraphim of Sarov, the last Tsar’s and Tsarina’s favorite saint. Icons of the imperial couple and St Seraphim of Sarov at the parish entrance to the cathedral

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TIME TRAVEL WITH ROMANOV FAMILY: CHILDREN’S ISLAND PIER

TIME TRAVEL WITH ROMANOV FAMILY: CHILDREN’S ISLAND PIER

Tsarevich Alexei in 1917

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:

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TIME TRAVEL WITH ROMANOV FAMILY: ZNAMENIE CHURCH

TIME TRAVEL WITH ROMANOV FAMILY: ZNAMENIE CHURCH

ZNAMENIE: Church of the Sign. Tsarskoe Selo circa 1915.

ZNAMENIE CHURCH: Church of “The Sign” – was established at the request of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Petrovna (daughter of Peter the Great) on May 13, 1734, and designed by the architect M.G. Zemtsov. After her accession to the throne, the Empress Elizabeth commanded that her ancient icon of the Mother of God of the Sign, would be especially honored there. Later the church was rebuilt and embellished, but the icon remained there and became known as the “Tsarskoe Selo” Icon of the Mother of God of the Sign.

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