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Alexander I Study
Alexander I Study

The study of Tsar Alexander I was on the second floor above the Vestibule. The restrained decoration of the room forms a austere balance with the handsome Empire furniture. The simple taste and design of the room corresponds perfectly with the character and spirit of the Emperor for whom this apartment was destined. On the wall is a copy in a heavy gilt frame of the famous portrait of Alexander by the English artist Dau. The furniture is masculine and massive, similar to that from Alexander's rooms in other palaces. On the mahogany doors are military motifs of Grecian helmets, and above the door are painted flags and trophies, all in keeping with the heroic and martial spirit of the time.

The view from the windows of the room is superb. From here one can see the Court of Honor, park with the outbuildings of the palace, and the Baltic Sea on the horizon.

Le cabinet de travail de S.M. l'Empereur était au dessus du vestibule. Les murs et son plafond étaient unis, d'un ton calme, formant un cadre délicat au beaux meubles style Empire d'un admirable travail. Le tout correspondait parfaite,ent au caractére et à l'esprit du Souverain pour lequel cet appartement était destiné.

Des fenêtres disposées sous la corniche entre les colonnes de la façade principale, la vue sur la cour d'honneur, le parc avec les dépendences du palais et la mer à l'horizon...était superbe.

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Alexander Palace Time Machine

Russian Painter - Mikhail Vasilievich Nesterov

Nesterov was one of Empress Alexandra's favorite painters, his picture of the Annuciation hung in the Mauve Room.  He worked for Grand Duchess Elizabeth in her Martha and Mary convent in Moscow.  Here's a bio.

Image Gallery of Mosaics in Hagia Sophia

Here's s page of wonderful images of the great mosaic icon of Christ in the upper gallery of Hagia Sophia - otherwise known as Saint Sophia.