ROMANOV FAMILY: RUSSIAN TRADITIONAL DOLLS AT THE ALEXANDER PALACE
MARIA ROMANOV: STRANGE EPISODE OF BREAKING WINDOWS (THE CAPRICE)
In a 1915 letter from Grand Duchess Maria to her father, she described a very strange episode of the grand duchesses breaking glass panels with their parasols on the Caprice overpass in Alexander Park.
“15 September… We walked to the Caprice and walked up the stairs. You know [a diagram drawing]. And then, when we got up there, Olga took her parasol and attacked one of the windows viciously, and broke 3 glass panels, then gave me the parasol, and I broke a window too and Anastasia [did] too. “”
For a long time, I was very confused by these lines, and could not figure out what happened, or why the girls would engage in an act that was nothing short of vandalism. So when I got back to Tsarskoe Selo last December, I decided to take a careful look at that area to see if I could find any clues.
ROMANOV FAMILY: TIME TRAVEL TO TSARSKOE SELO (VIDEOS)
Below are the video “podcasts” made by me during my visit to Tsarskoe Selo in December of 2016. Travel through time with me and learn what the familiar places from pre-revolution photos look like today. Have a good trip!
ROMANOV FAMILY: TIME TRAVEL INTO THEIR WORLD
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 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.