The Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Reserve have announced a tender for the restoration the Chinese Theater in the Alexander Park. The cost of work is estimated at 4 million rubles. Acceptance of applications will continue until December 12, and on December 17 the results of the tender will be announced.
A tender for the restoration of the theatre was initially announced in March 2014, however, funding for the project was not available at the time.
The restoration of the cultural heritage object will be designed and adapted for modern use. The work in the theater itself will begin, after the area surrounding the building have been cleared of weeds and other plants, which have overgrown and causing damage to the walls of this theatre.
The Chinese Theatre was built in 1778, by the famous architect Antonio Renaldi. Simple white walls were decorated with a luxurious cornice, however, destroyed in the 19th century. The curvature of the roof gave the building an exotic look. Inside, the richly decorated oriental-style interiors were decorated with authentic elements brought from China.
The building was destroyed by fire during the shelling of 1941, and has yet to be restored.
Click HERE to read my article + photos about the Chinese Theatre, published on 26 March 2014, and now stored in our archives online.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 3 December 2018