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Dear friends

17 July 2018 will mark a hundred years since the tragic death of the last emperor of Russia and his family members.

Their favourite home was the Alexander Palace of Tsarskoye Selo. In the early twentieth century, the architectural masterpiece by Giacomo Quarenghi became the Russian statehood center after Nicholas II made it his permanent residence in 1905. From this palace the imperial family was sent into exile to meet their tragic end in Yekaterinburg.

Not wanting to neglect such a sad yet important anniversary, the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve would very much like to accomplish restoration of the Alexander Palace and open its renovated halls by the middle of 2018.

Click to enlargeA large-scale restoration of the palace began three years ago. As of today, the cellars have been revamped. We had to close the palace for visiting from 1st September 2015 to start the most difficult works and then rebuild the historic interiors, such as the Tsar’s Old Study and Moorish Bathroom, Imperial Bedroom, Mauve Study and Palisander, Maple and Crimson Drawing Rooms.

The estimated cost of work totals over two billion rubles. The restoration is financed by the federal budget and the museum’s own funds. Unfortunately, that is not enough. 700 million rubles are yet required to complete works.

We are looking for supporters who treasure the history of Russia, of the House of Romanov and of the Imperial Residence of Tsarskoye Selo. Our hope is in all those not indifferent to the fate of Nicholas II, his family and their favourite home.

The cost of restoration for the said seven interiors is available below. Any financial support is invaluable to us, no matter if it’s only for built-in furniture, lighting fixtures, wall-lining fabrics or others. The names of our sponsors will be immortalized in the interiors restored from their donations.

We are looking forward to and will highly appreciate your support.

Yours sincerely,                                                                               
Olga V. Taratynova