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ALEXANDER PALACE

ALEXANDER PALACE
St. Petersburg, Tsarskoje Selo, Russia
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BACKGROUND

Designed by the Italian architect Giacomo Quarenghi and completed in 1796, Alexander Palace housed three generations of Russian monarchs before it was abandoned by the royal family in the months preceding the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The palace is located in Tsarskoe Selo, a 1500-acre imperial estate near St. Petersburg. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Parts of Alexander Palace had fallen into serious disrepair by 1994 when it garnered local interest as a potential museum and WMF provided funds toward condition assessments and planning for public access to a suite of rooms to be utilized as museum space. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

One of the few Tsarist residences left relatively intact following World War II, Alexander Palace provides a window into royal life during pre-communist Russia. For its historical value as the setting of Nicholas II’s final years, and for its artistic merits as a much-celebrated work of sumptuously decorated neoclassical architecture, the palace is an important national heritage site.

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