St Petersburg 07

St Petersburg Episode 07 Alexander Palace and the last Romanovs

The family home of the last Romanovs, Nicholas, Alexandra and their five children

The Alexander Palace was the family home of choice for a number of Tsars, even if they hosted big public events in the swankier Catherine Palace across the park. Nicholas II, the last Emperor, was born here, and made it a comfortable family home for his wife, four daughters and son, the Tsarevich Alexei, until they were taken away in the middle of the night in July 1917 and sent to their deaths in Siberia. There are reminders of them throughout the building, from the paintings and photographs they collected, to rooms like the Lilac Study, daytime retreat of the Empress Alexandra, where the family gathered to take tea every afternoon at five o’clock.