The Alexander Palace is a real gem among palatial ensembles of St.Petersburg and its environs. A famous Russian art historian said that you can find palaces bigger and more majestic than the Alexander palace but its magnificent architecture is second to none.
The Alexander Palace was commissioned to architect Giacomo Quarenghi by Empress Catherine II as a gift to her grandson future Emperor Alexander I for his wedding.
The palace cherishes the memories of several generations of the Imperial family. However, it became a real home for the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatyana, Anastasia, and Maria, and Tsesarevich Alexei, heir apparent to the throne of Russia. Nicholas II used the Alexander Palace as his permanent residence during 13 years starting 1904. It was from here that the Imperial family was exiled to Tobolsk in August 1917.
After long restoration works, the palace re-opened its doors to visitors in August 2021. Private rooms of Nicholas II and Alexandra Fyodorovna, state rooms and living rooms were first to be restored.
Of all state rooms, the Corner Drawing Room of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna and the Formal Study of Emperor Nicholas II are of special interest. It was there that ambassadors and first persons of foreign countries were received. Documents which affected the world politics were signed there.
Very close to state rooms are totally different interiors which are intimate, cozy and designed to the tastes and likings of the Imperial family. Among them are Palisander reception room, Maple room and Mauve study of Alexandra Fyodorovna. It was here that the Imperial family’s daily life with its joys and sorrows took place.
We recommend the Palace to all guests interested in the history of Russia’s last Imperial family.