30 Day Romanov Challenge - Day 2 : Favourite Residence.
The Alexander Palace and The Lower Dacha (I couldn’t choose one, and I also love Livadia, Peterhof, Anichkov, Pavlovsk, Gatchina in conclusion I don’t really have a favourite residence ^^ )
The Alexander Palace was commissioned by Catherine the Great for her favorite grandson, Grand Duke Alexander Pavlovich, the future emperor Alexander I of Russia on the occasion of his marriage to Grand Duchess Elizaveeta Alexeevna, born Princess Luise Marie Augusta of Baden. The Neoclassical edifice was planned by Giacomo Quarenghi and built between 1792 and 1796. The Alexander Palace is situated in the Alexander Park, not far from the larger Catherine Palace. It is known as the favourite residence of the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II, and his family. (X)
The lower Dacha was also a favorite home of the last Emperor of Russia and his family. It was built on orders of Alexander III for Nicholas in1883-85 by architect Tomishko in the Italian Renaissance style, in 1896 Nicholas II had it extensively expanded.