On 24th May 2018, the solemn opening of the restored Palace of Peter III took place in Oranienbaum. The honorary guest of the ceremony was the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Rostislavovich Medinsky who thanked the restorers and museum staff, stressing that the opening of the Palace was “an important step, not only from the point of view of preserving Russia’s cultural heritage, but also that a unique monument that survived the war was restored from the era of Emperor Peter III.”
Speaking to the press, General Director of the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve Yelena Yakovlevna Kalnitskaya, noted that “the palace of Peter III remains one of the most important designs by the famous St. Petersburg architect Antonio Rinalddi. This was the first building, where a unique motif of the architectural ornament that the world culture knows as the” Rinaldi flower” was created. It was from here, that the elegant Russian rococo style was born.“
According to Elena Yakovlevna, the restoration of the Palace of Peter III, which began in 2016, demanded considerable efforts from the museum. The Oranienbaum palace and park ensemble has been under restoration for many years, but it was in this project that the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve took over the entire responsibility of the restoration work. When the cost of restoration increased by 68 million rubles, the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve allocated the additional funds needed to complete the project.
The restoration of the Palace of Peter III was widely covered by the Russian media. In particular, a press tour was held in Oranienbaum on April 17th of this year, and timed to coincide with the International Day of Monuments and Historic Places, during which media representatives toured the palace to witness the ongoing restoration work.
A series of cultural events coincided with the opening ceremony, including music from the “Soloists of Catherine the Great” ensemble; and a performance of the sorcerer’s essay from the first Russian opera “Cephalus and Procris” (A. Sumarokov-F. Araya).
The Palace of Peter III officially opened its doors to visitors on Saturday 26th May. In honor of the long-awaited opening of the palace, the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve lauched the Holstein Weekend holiday program, in which visitors to Oranienbaum learned about 18th century drill training, the basics of fencing and historical anecdotes on the life of Emperor Peter III and his times.
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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 29 May 2018