This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


PHOTO: A beautiful aerial view of St. Catherine’s Cathedral in Pushkin – Tsarskoye Selo

The cathedral was originally built in 1835-40 at the behest of Emperor Nicholas I (1796-1855). Funds for its construction were allocated from the treasury, and Konstantin Ton (1794-1881) was appointed chief architect of the project. The five-domed cathedral could hold up to 2,000 people.

In 1939, St. Catherine’s Cathedral was destroyed by the Soviets, a park was laid out on its territory. In 1960, a monument to Vladimir Lenin was erected, but dismantled in 2004.

Situated in the heart of the city – between the Alexander Palace and the Tsarskoye Selo railway station, the cathedral was recreated in it’s original Russian Classical style between 2007–2010.

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This Week in the News includes a link and brief summary to full-length articles published in the past week from English language media and internet sources.

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Royal Russia is pleased to offer our dedicated followers with the following new posts, on a variety of topics covering the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, monarchy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia, for the week ending 26 January 2019:

THIS WEEKS’ ARTICLES and POSTS – click on the red headline text below to read the respective articles



Officially launched on 22 January, my NEW web page will feature articles, news from Russian media, exhibitions, videos, photos, book reviews, and more. This new site will compliment my Facebook page of the same name. It currently features 9 posts, including 4 articles, a podcast, and numerous photos of Russia’s last emperor and tsar.

Nicholas and Alexandra: The Letters – Episode 1

Historian Suzannah Lipscomb explores Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra’s story through their own letters, which were written in English. The first episode was aired on TVO last night (January 21st). Duration: 1 hour

Treasure unearthed: Items owned by disgraced Russian princeling found in Uzbekistan

Archeologists in Uzbekistan have unearthed a treasure estimated to worth at least $1 million USD, which includes some items owned by Grand Duke Nicholas Konstantinovich (1850-1918) a controversial member of the Romanov Imperial family, an exile who became a patron of the arts.

Staritsa and the Dormition Monastery: Ghosts from the time of Ivan the Terrible + PHOTOS

Architectural historian and photographer William Brumfield writes in RBTH, about this small town which offers a history lesson into Russia’s distant past.

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PHOTO: Nicholas II with his mother Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna and his uncle Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (left) at the Lower Dacha, Peterhof, 1898

Photo © State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF)

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