Monday, 24 April 2017
Pasetti in the Malachite Hall of the Winter Palace
During the reign of Nicholas II, luncheons, musical concerts, military and Historical Society meetings were held in the Malachite Hall on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace.
On Wednesday, March 22nd, 1900 Nicholas wrote “… From 9:15 PM until 12:15 AM we sat in the Malachite Hall and looked at a panorama viewing of the whole Siberian Railroad from the Amur River … to Vladivostok – all of this was amazingly pictured by Pasetti on 1056 pieces of paper. Original, beautiful and curiously interesting…”
Alfred Pasetti, the photographer of the Russian Imperial Court had a studio on the Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg (below).
Photographs (below) of the Malachite Hall c1917 and today.
The location of Pasetti’s historical chronicle of the railroad, shown to the Imperial family in 1900, is unknown. A Guide to the Great Siberian Railroad was published by the Ministry of Ways of Communication in 1900 with 360 photographs (below).