One of the finest creations of Classicism in architecture, the Alexander Palace was the favourite home of several generations of the Romanovs for more than a century

In the Northern part of the picturesque Alexander Park there is a magnificent building with a two-century history - the Alexander Palace. It was laid down in 1792 by order of Catherine the Great for the marriage of her favorite grandson, Grand Duke Alexander Pavlovich (the future Emperor Alexander I) with Grand Duchess Elizaveta Alexeevna. The palace is considered one of the best creations of the architect Giacomo Quarenghi. The palace went down in history as the last home of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. He made the palace their permanent residence in 1905.

The Palace is an elongated two-story building with double wings on the sides. In the center of the main northern facade, there are two rows of columns which make up a magnificent colonnade of the Corinthian order. From the side of the regular part of the Alexander Park, the facade of the building is designed in the form of a semi-rotunda, covered with a spherical dome.

At the present time the palace is under restoration.​


Architect Quarenghi

The route will acquaint you with the creations of Giacomo Quarenghi, an architect discribed as the last of the great architects of Italy

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