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Monday, 12 January 2015
Emergency Funding Requested to Save Ropsha Palace
Topic: Ropsha


The Peterhof State Museum Preserve has appealed to the Russian Ministry of Culture to allocate emergency funding for the restoration of Ropsha Palace. 

The appeal comes after 5 large portico columns which stood over the entrance to the palace façade collapsed on January 9th.

According to the general director of the museum Elena Kalnitskaya, the reason for the collapse of the columns could be due to severe winter weather conditions. A build up of snow began to melt, then turning to ice, the latter of which took its toll on the crumbling exterior of the historic palace. She notes that the collapse was predictable, because "the building was in a terrible state of disrepair." 

The Ropsha palace and park ensemble was handed over to the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve in 2013. In December 2014, a decision was made that once restored, the palace at Ropsha would be used as a multifunctional restoration centeral. The complex will include a school of restoration and a hostel. The initial budget required to begin the restoration at Ropsha is 5 billion rubles (more than $80 million USD). Further plans would see Ropsha added to the Imperial Ring, a new tourist route project planned which would include Peterhof, Tsarskoye Selo, Pavlovsk, Gatchina and other former Romanov residences in an around St. Petersburg.  

The history of Ropsha has a rich Romanov legacy, one which began during the era of Emperor Peter I, who founded a hospital with beneficial mineral waters. Empress Elizabeth, who loved to hunt at Ropsha, had the estate rebuilt by the famed architect Rastrelli. In July 1762, it was here that the dethroned Emperor Peter III died, allegedly killed at the order of his wife's - the Empress  Catherine II's - conspirators.
 

(1) Plans for Restoration of Ropsha Palace Presented

(2) Ropsha Palace: New Life for an Imperial Residence

(3) Ropsha Palace to be Transferred to Peterhof

(4) Ropsha Palace in Urgent Need of Repair + VIDEO

(5) Ropsha: Between Fact and Fiction 

 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 12 January, 2015


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:57 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 12 January 2015 7:10 AM EST
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Friday, 8 November 2013
Plans for Restoration of Ropsha Palace Presented
Topic: Ropsha


Artist concept of what Ropsha Palace will look like after restoration
 
The Peterhof State Museum Preserve were recently presented with plans and drawings of the proposed restoration of the palace at Ropsha.  

In January 2011, plans for the restoration of the palace ensemble were announced. In May of last year, the Peterhof State Museum Preserve expressed an interest in the acquisition of the palace and its surrounding estate. In November 2012, the Russian Minister of Culture, Vladimir Medina announced that Ropsha Palace would be turned over to Peterhof, the relevant documents were signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in December 2012.

The Peterhof State Museum Preserve will oversee the reconstruction of the historic palace, which includes the Ropsha Palace with all the wings and outbuildings, landscaping the surrounding regions of the park, as well as the reconstruction of the shattered hydraulic ensemble and the small fountains in the palace terraces. Visualization concepts were commissioned by Ivan Mironov of the Peterhof State Museum. The reconstruction project will involve both public funding and private investors.  

For more information on Ropsha Palace, please refer to the following Royal Russia links; 

(1) Ropsha Palace: New Life for an Imperial Residence

(2) Ropsha Palace to be Transferred to Peterhof

(3) Ropsha Palace in Urgent Need of Repair + VIDEO

(4) Ropsha: Between Fact and Fiction

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 8 November, 2013


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:59 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 12 January 2015 7:03 AM EST
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Monday, 3 June 2013
Ropsha: Between Fact and Fiction
Topic: Ropsha

 

 

The above poster shows an aerial view of Ropsha Palace as it looks today

A new photo exhibition, Ropsha: Between Fact and Fiction will open on June 4th at Oranienbaum. The exhibit is dedicated to the history of the Ropsha Palace and park complex up to the present day. Ropsha Palace was transferred to the Peterhof State Museum Preserve at the end of 2012.

On display are photographs from the State Central Archive of Film and Photo Documents in St. Petersburg. Visitors will see historic photographs of the palace during its heyday before the Revolution, including images of Tsar Nicholas II and his family during their periodic visits to the palace and park. Also included are images of the palace taken in 1930 when it was converted to a resort for the "Party faithful". These are followed by images taken during World War II when the palace and park were converted to a hospital, barracks and stables by the Nazis. The final part of the exhibit offers contemporary photographs of the palace in its current abandoned state.

The final touch to the exhibition will be a short video by Paul Ovsyanko and Konstantin Gusev, which includes a birds-eye view of the palace and the planned future reconstruction of the palace and park ensemble.

The exhibition will run from June 4th-30th at Oranienbaum.

For more information on Ropsha Palace, please refer to the following Royal Russia links;

(1) Ropsha Palace: New Life for an Imperial Residence

(2) Ropsha Palace to be Transferred to Peterhof

(3) Ropsha Palace in Urgent Need of Repair + VIDEO

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 03 June, 2013



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 7:56 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 12 January 2015 6:56 AM EST
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Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Ropsha Palace to be Transferred to Peterhof
Topic: Ropsha

 

 

 

Ropsha Palace as it looks today 

Over the past few years I have reported on the dire condition of Ropsha Palace. Situated in the suburbs of St. Petersburg, the former Romanov palace which is now in a deplorable state may yet be saved.

The Russian Ministry of Culture announced this morning that the administration of Ropsha Palace will be transferred over to the Peterhof State Museum-Preserve.

Ropsha Palace and the surrounding park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage and thus protected by the State. Plans for the palaces restoration have yet to be announced.

The Peterhof State Museum-Preserve includes more than 100 historic buildings, including Peterhof, Oranienbaum and Strelna. Peterhof is currently Russia's No. 1 museum with over 4 million visitors each year.

© Paul Gilbert. 21 November, 2012



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 11:45 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 12 January 2015 6:56 AM EST
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Friday, 2 March 2012
Ropsha Palace in Urgent Need of Repair
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Topic: Ropsha

"The state of the palace at Ropsha is urgent and requires immediate intervention if the historical building is to be saved." This message has been sent to UNESCO from the Public Chamber of the Leningrad Region and the local branch of the All-Russian Society for the Preservation of Monuments. The groups have asked UNESCO to declare the palace at Ropsha as a World Heritage Site.

Preservation groups have also called on the federal government to step in and save the former Imperial residence. Local government insists that they lack the funds to restore the building and are pressing the Ministry of Culture to come to the rescue, as they did with the Konstantin Palace at Strelna.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 02 March, 2012

 


  

 


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Updated: Monday, 12 January 2015 6:55 AM EST
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