The former palace of the Russian tsars will be reopened to tourists next summer after a £ 24 million renovation
- Alexander Palace in St. Petersburg has been closed for the last three years
- Under renovation to restore your floors, upholstery and ceilings
- Palace was the last home of Nicholas II before it was executed, along with his family
Russia's Alexander Palace, the last home of Emperor Nicholas II before he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks, will reopen next summer after a million-pound renovation.
The palace, considered one of the best works of Italian architect Giacomo Quarenghi, was built in the late 18th century for the future emperor Alexander I and became the permanent residence of the last Russian tsar in 1905.
It is located on the outskirts of the former imperial capital of St. Petersburg and has been under renovation since 2012, before being completely closed to the public three years later.
Russia's Alexander Palace, pictured, will reopen next summer after £ 1m reforms
The first eight rooms will be reopened after renovation in June or July, a spokeswoman for Tsarskoe Selo State Museum, which oversees the vast neoclassical building, told AFP.
So far, the reforms cost about 2 billion rubles ($ 31 million), he added.
The works were performed mainly on floors, tapestries and ceilings.
The first facilities open to visitors will include the Emperor's and Empress's rooms, including the Mauve Boudoir, Alexandra Feodorovna's favorite room, and the Moorish-designed Tsar's bath room.
"The Alexander Palace is a special place," Olga Taratynova, director of the Tsarskoe Selo Museum, told reporters during a presentation on Thursday.
The palace is considered one of the best works of Italian architect Giacomo Quarenghi. Pictured are some of the restoration work
So far, the reforms cost about 2 billion rubles ($ 31 million)
"It was built for the private life of the imperial family, which was well guarded."
Unlike other palaces, Alexander Palace was not destroyed by Nazi Germany during World War II and housed the military command and a prison. The courtyard was used as a cemetery for SS soldiers.
It was from the Alexander Palace that the tsar and his family were sent into exile in Tobolsk, Siberia, in August 1917.
Subsequently, the family was transferred to Yekaterinburg, where they were executed, along with their employees and the doctor, in July 1918.
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