Tuesday, 28 June 2016

What If? Floorplan

Alexander II left the Crimea on November 17th, 1879. His second train was blown up on November 20th. Two people were arrested, one with a floorplan of the Winter Palace.
Alexander II’s diary entry for December 4th, 1879:
… one had a plan of the Winter Palace, the dining room marked with a cross which is surely not without significance. Below the dining room are my guards …

The Minister of the Court, Count Adlerberg, and the Palace Commandant failed to investigate, ignoring the threats.

On February 5th, 1880 there was an explosion under the yellow dining room.
What words were said later between Alexander and Adlerberg, friends since youth?


  1. This site is great. Can't wait for your book. Was there a basement to the Winter Palace?

  2. Thank you very much.

    There is a basement in the Winter Palace which I describe in my book. For example water tanks, oxygen machine for Alexander II, storerooms, etc. The vestibules from the private entrances also were in the basement and remain today.