Alexander Palace
Memories of the Russian Court was published in the 1920s and was written by Anna Vyrubova, a close friend of the last Imperial family of Russia.  She wrote the book to set right the many false and invented stories written about Nicholas and Alexandra and her relationship with them.  Alexandra treated Anna as a daughter and Anna paid the price for this intimacy.  Hatred for the Imperial family etended to Anna. She was been harshly judged as an non-entity and a cypher by the 'tabloid' journalism of the time.  Never a simpleton or stupid as she was portrayed, Anna was well-educated and a member of the aristocracy.  I hope you will enjoy her book.

Bob Atchison 

go to Chapter One     biography of Anna Vyrubova by Nick Nicholson

Alexander Palace Time Machine

Schaffer Collection of Russian Art Treasures

Here's a great article with an actual catalog from the Schaffers - before ALVR was opened - offering Faberge and Imperial treasures for sale in New York

Room over the Vestibule Mosaics in Hagia Sophia

The mysterious mosaics of the room over the vestibule.  Why is no one permitted access? Have these 9th century mosaics been destroyed?