Monday, 5 February 2018

Atlas of Tsarskoe Selo in 1857 – Catherine & Alexander Palaces

Nikolai Tsylov published an Atlas of the City of Tsarskoe Selo with plans of the imperial palaces and gardens and city streets in 1857. There are 74 pages of watercolor drawings.

Map and cover pages (below) of the Atlas of Tsarskoe Selo in 1857

Plan (below) of the Catherine Palace in 1857

Plan (below) of the Alexander Palace in 1857

Samples (below) of the streets in Tsarskoe Selo

Maps (below) of Tsarskoe Selo today



  1. Fantastic images! I love maps as well as floor plans. I'm quite amazed that Alexander Palace and Catherine's Palace are located so close to each other, was there a reason for this?
    Ghostie x

  2. When we first visited Tsarskoe, I was struck how close the Alexander Palace was to the road. Nicholas II and Alexandra chose the wing facing the road, visible to all when sitting on the balcony.

  3. That is what struck me, too.
    Thank you for posting these old maps of Tsarskoe. I love the details about owners and purposes of various buildings.
    One of the maps made me go to Google Maps, where I finally discovered the location of the memorial cross for Rasputin in the park.:-)

  4. Thank you Petra. We saw the memorial cross in 2006. It is near the Lamskoy Pavilion. Since then, new research has determined that the unfinished chapel was further into the park.

    1. Thank you for the additional information!
      I'll try and find the cross and, if possible,the site of the chapel next time when I'm there.