Monday, 5 September 2016

Teplitz (Teplice) Castle

I am fascinated with Teplitz (Teplice) Castle, northwest of Prague, the Clary-Aldringen family home.

(photos below c1870 and today)

During my research, I have come across numerous references to the Clary’s and Teplitz. One relative was the Countess Ekaterina Tiesenhausen who had a suite of rooms in the Winter Palace. I also read the diaries of her sister Countess Daria de Ficquelmont.

Marie A. Vassiltchikov, lady-in-waiting to Grand Duchess Ella, completed drawings for the rooms of Nicholas II in the Winter Palace in 1895. In her book ‘Berlin Diaries 1940-45', Missie Vassiltchikov wrote of her visit to Teplitz in May 1940 and whose mother was a distant cousin of Alfy Clary. The Vassiltchikov family was a prominent presence during the Imperial reigns. Empress Marie’s diaries during her stay in the Crimea in 1918-19 often mentions meetings with the family and the young Missie and her sisters.

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