Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Summer & Winter Views of the Alexander Palace

Photograph (below) of the Alexander Palace in the summer of 1931

Photograph (below) of the Alexander Palace in the winter of 1934


  1. Such a beautiful building; Quarenghi was a genius - and ought to be better known in the west. : )

  2. Joanna darling, do you know why they got rid of the masses of lilacs that used to be there? Maybe for a better appreciation of the architecture??

  3. Archival documents reveal that in February 1817 huge numbers of linden and lilac bushes were purchased. Alexander I’s gardener planted in the spring 800 lilac bushes: 600 on the paths near the Alexander Palace, 100 between the limes on the central avenue starting from the semicircular hall, 60 in the empress’ own garden and 40 in front of the colonnade terrace. The following hundred years the lilac bushes were cared for by successive gardeners. In the 1920s-30s, museum staff did as much as possible with limited time and funds to maintain the garden area around the palace. With the damage to the parks during the war years 1941-44, some lilac bushes may have survived.