From left to right: Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, Tsarevich Nicholas “Nixa” Alexandrovich of Russia, Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia, and the future Tsar Alexander III of Russia. The eldest four of six sons of Tsar Alexander II, circa 1850s.
Russian Imperial Palaces → The Gatchina Palace
The Great Gatchina Palace was built in 1766-1781 in Gatchina town for Count Grigori Grigoryevich Orlov who was a favourite of Catherine II. The Gatchina Palace is located on the hill above Lake Serebryannoe. It combines themes of a medieval castle and a country residence. Palace interiors are exemplary of Russian classicism at the turn of 18th-19th centuries. The Gatchina Palace was one of the favourite residences of the Imperial family. Tsar Alexander II used Gatchina Palace as his second residence. He built a hunting village and other additions for his Imperial Hunting Crew, and turned the area south of Gatchina into a retreat where the Tsar and his guests could indulge in living in the unspoiled wilderness and of northwestern Russia. Alexander II also made updates and renovations in the main Gatchina Palace.
Following Alexander II’s assassination in Saint Petersburg in 1881, his shaken son, Tsar Alexander III, was advised that he and his family would be safer at Gatchina as opposed to at the Winter Palace in the capital. He moved his family there permanently. Alexander III introduced technological modernization in the Gatchina Palace and parks such as electric lights, a telephone network, non-freezing water pipes and a modern sewage system. The last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, spent his youth here in the Gatchina Palace, although he and his family would make Tsarskoe Selo his home. His mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, the widow of Alexander III, was the patron of the city of Gatchina and Gatchina Palace and parks.
Olga and Tatiana Nikolaevna, 1898.
Russian Imperial Palaces → The Lower Dacha at Peterhof
This house by the sea was the Lower Dacha or Lower Palace was designed by Anton Tomischko in a Neo-Renaissance style. Built by Tsar Alexander III for his eldest son and heir between 1883 and 1885, the palace was small and cosy. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna particularly liked its location on the seashore, far away from Nicholas’s mother and other in-laws, who lived at the Cottage and the Farm.
The Lower Dacha was the birthplace of Grand Duchesses Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Tsarevich Alexei. Nicholas and his daughters paid their last visit on 18 August 1915, when they stopped there on the way to Kronstadt. The Lower Dacha was turned into a museum after the revolution. The building suffered a sad and cruel fate. It was forever lost to history when the building was heavily damaged in the Second World War and the remains blown up in 1961.
“ The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God ! ”
Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana in court costume: 1904/1905.
Found by Romanov Russia Today on Facebook!
She was a wonderful girl, possessed of a tremendous reserve force, and I never realised her unselfish nature until those dreadful days. She too was exceeding fair, dowered with the classic beauty of the Romanovs: her eyes were dark blue, shaded by long lashes, and she had masses of dark brown hair. Marie was plump, and the Empress often teased her about this; she was not so lively as her sisters, but she was much more decided in her outlook. The Grand Duchess Marie knew at once what she wanted, and why she wanted it.
It’s ALL PERFECTION, the pain, the death, the unfairness, the romance, the secrets, the family feels :’( THE PERFECT CHILDREN OF THE PERFECT COUPLE! Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia, Alexei <3
The life with fairytale style… omg
I cannot even start stressing out how disgusting this post actually comes across. It might have been perfect had it been a fiction. But it is not. The Romanovs were real people. Their pain was real. Their death was real. And while it sure would make for a good novel, it was all too horrible to be “perfect”.
Another thing - the tragedy was just a little part of what happened to them and who they were. If you are only obssesed about their murder, no wonder you do not know they were actually normal, flawed people.
There was nothing perfect about the Romanovs. And even less about what happened to them.