Friday, 9 June 2017
Children’s Island in Tsarskoe Selo
The children’s island is next to the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo and was designed by V. Stasov in 1827 and completed in 1830 for Nicholas I and Alexandra's children. Later generations played on the island; Alexander III's until 1880 and then Nicholas II's. The children of Alexander II had their own islands near the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace.
Aerial view (below) of the Alexander Palace with the pond of the children’s island in the upper right
The central door is in a wide semicircular niche and the facades were decorated with garlands.
Photographs (below) of the little house
It had a living room the length of the house and two chambers on the right for Alexander and Maria and two on the left for Olga and Alexandra. The rooms were decorated in the Empire style and the furniture upholstered in leather for the living room and Alexander’s, cretonne for the girls. Wooden partitions between the small rooms were moved by a special mechanism. A small wooden kitchen was next to the house.
Plan (below) of the little house
To the right of the house, on the headland called ‘Cape of Good Sasha’, is the granite dock for the ferry.