Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra’s Bedroom in the Winter Palace

In 1826 the former apartment of Alexander I and Empress Elizabeth was reconstructed for Nicholas and Alexandra on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace. Archival documents describe the new interiors but there have been few images of the rooms before the palace was destroyed in the 1837 fire until now.
 
A rare watercolor (below) of Nicholas and Alexandra’s Bedroom (184) before the 1837 fire
 
E. Hau’s watercolor c1859 (below) of the Bedroom (note the architect Briullov retained many architectural details)

Friday, 10 April 2020

Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra’s Celebration of Easter

In the Winter Palace on Good Friday March 22nd 1896 Nicholas II and Alexandra ‘attended at 7:00pm the service and then went around all the palace corridors and halls with the Shroud’.
 
Photograph (below) of the restored Cathedral in the Winter Palace today
 
Nicholas wrote on Holy Saturday April 8th 1900 that ‘we went with the children to Uncle Sergei’s and Ella’s to color Easter eggs’.

On Easter Sunday April 1st 1901 the Mass in the Cathedral of the Winter Palace ‘was over at 2:30am and we returned to the Malachite Hall and broke our fast with pleasure. We went to bed before 4:00am’.

Photograph (below) of the restored ceiling in the Cathedral of the Winter Palace today