The Winter Palace: Background information when reading The Romanov Sisters

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The Romanov Sisters

The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

by Helen Rappaport

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The Winter Palace

Winter PalaceFrom 1711 until 1917, the Winter Palace was the home to Russian Tsars, Tsarinas and their families. The need for fortified residences was lessening in the 18th century, and the palaces reflected this shift. Three distinct Winter Palaces were built, torn down and rebuilt until 1754 when the fourth and final palace was created for Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, who was the daughter of Peter the Great. Baroque in style, it sits grandly, on the bank of the Neva River in St. Petersburg. It is a majestic three-story building with a whopping 1786 doors, 1945 windows, 1057 halls and rooms, and 117 staircases. The enormity of the palace clearly symbolized the power of Imperial Russia.

First Winter PalaceThis last Winter Palace was built between 1754 and 1762. Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, a great architect of the time, was the chief designer of its grand Baroque style. He designed many different compositional facades over the whole palace, which created very unique impressions and points of view depending on ...

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