The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg has been waiting to share its intimate details in English.
It is a story of a palace of immense size and of an Imperial family of immense wealth. It is a story of the daily public and intimate life in the palace that was loved and disdained and withstood decades of changes.
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Panorama of the Emperor’s Hidden Toilet in the Winter Palace
After the 1837 fire, Nicholas I suite of rooms were
reconstructed on the 3rd floor of the Winter Palace. Next to the
Study (390) with windows facing the Admiralty was the Dressing Room (389). The
walls were painted blue. The ceiling decoration has been preserved.
Photographs (below) of the former Dressing Room and ceiling
Opposite the window on the other side of the room is
the alcove. On the right is the hidden door to the toilet (below).
Photograph (below) of the toilet in the Farm Palace, Peterhof
In 1841 Nicholas ordered that in his dressing room ‘a painting of a grenadier be inserted in the
frame of the mahogany door’.
Panorama (link below) of the former Dressing Room
restored by the Hermitage Museum