Thursday, 11 August 2016

Nicholas II’s Curiosity Revisiting Palaces Where He Had Lived (1)

Nicholas II and Alexandra went to Yelagin Island on Sunday, August 2nd, 1898. He wrote that “… It had been 18 years since I had been in this palace [Yelagin], in which we had spent the spring of 1880 with dear Papa and Mama. We stayed in their rooms … later … looked over their [Uncle Misha and Elena] accommodations in the orangerie house, as well as the ladies-in-waiting. Everything had been maintained very well looked beautiful! …”

Yelagin Palace (Елагин дворец)  c1900 (below)

Yelagin Palace Today (below)

Does anyone know when they had converted the orangerie (greenhouse) to apartments? Do you know which family member the Emperor was given permission to reside on Yelagin, similar to Rophsa Palace?

Orangerie (below)


  1. I visited the Elagin Palace but I don't think we were told that Nicholas II had lived there. What I remember is the back garden.

  2. The family of Alexander III lived there in 1880 to be close to the Winter Palace where his mother Empress Marie was dying. She died in May 1880. And then Nicholas and Alexandra stayed in Yelagin Palace from August 2nd to 6th, 1898 to attend maneuvers at Levashevo, etc.