• Couronnement TSAR Nicolas II et Alexandra 1896







    The coronation of Tsar Nicholas II, took place with great pomp and ceremony on 26 May [14 May Old Style], 1896 in Moscow.


    This magnificent collection of 60 photographs is a fitting tribute to the ceremony surrounding the crowning of Russia's last tsar.



    The Kremlin and the Moscow Bridge decorated for the festivities


    The Bolshoy Theater is decorated for the festivities

    The Resurrection (later Revolution) Square and the Vitaly Fountain

    The Strasnoy (Pushkin) Square

    The festive pavilion of the Moscow Zemstvo across Tverskaya, opposite Strasnoy Monastery

    The beautiful carved pavilion by the architect Fjodor Sehtel on Tverskaya

    The asphalted Tverskaya along the Glinischevsky pereulok, with the Filippov bakery to the right

    Facing it, the central building of the police and fire department

    The Moscow Governor’s House, the home of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna

    The Tverskaya continuing after the Manezhki

    Further along Tverskaya, at the Georgievsky pereulok. Most of these buildings were demolished in the 20th century

    Towards Kuznecki bridge

    An unidentified place

    On the corner of Myasnickaya, near the Red Gate

    The adorned Red Gate (demolished in 1926)

    A little square on the Kalanchovka, near the Red Gate

    A temporary triumphal arch was constructed at the corner of Sretenka and Bulvarnoye kolco

    Festive colonnade in front of the Moscow Assembly of the Nobility

    Festive column on the Ohotny Ryad and the later pulled down Paraskeva Church

    The Church of the Grebnovo Icon of Our Lady on the Lubyanka. It was demolished in 1898,
    and the building erected on its place later became the infamous headquarters of Cheka/GPU/KGB

    The first known examples of the festive pavilions regularly set up on Lubyanka Square

    The bastion on the Kitaysky proyezd also received a festive dome

    People assemble on the Red Square on the day of the Coronation

    Flags and banners flutter on Red Square

    The Manezh (to the left) and the Kutafya Bastion with the Romanov coat of arms

    The Alexander Garden

    The Petrovsky Palace where the tsar stayed during the festivities

    Foreign delegations on the Khodynska field, across from the Petrovsky Palace

    Triumphal arch on the Tverskaya, through which the tsar entered Moscow. Inscriptions on the columns read: "God, save the Tsar" and "Glory for ever and ever"

    The tsar, according to the tradition, enters the old capital through the Tversky Gate on a white horse with silver horseshoes . . .

    . . . proceeds to the Iversky (Iberian) Gate . . .

    . . . Empress Marie, Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra visit the Iversky Chapel . . .

    . . . then enter the Red Square through the Iversky Gate . . .

    . . . they pass by the monument of Minin and Pozharsky and the recently erected GUM Emporium . . .

    The carriage of the tsarina passes by the temporary grandstands set up on the Red Square, on the place of the later Lenin Mausoleum

    The parade regiment waiting for the tsar on the Red Square, near to Lobnoye mesto

    Festive entrance to the Kremlin through the Savior’s Gate. The Nicholas Palace can be seen on the left (demolished in 1929)

    Guests of honor watching the march of the hussars from the grandstands near the Tsar’s Bell

    The imperial regalia laid out in the Grand Kremlin Palace

    The Andreyevsky or Throne Room

    The three imperial thrones

    Sedan chairs waiting for the tsar and tsarina

    Officers having their photographs taken on the great occasion in front of the Tsar’s Cannon

    Carriages in the Kremlin

    The carriage of a guest of honor with lackeys and body-guards

    The Senate Square in the Kremlin

    The master of ceremonies announcing the details of the forthcoming coronation

    Audience outside the Chudov Monastery (demolished in 1929) in the Kremlin

    The tsar and his entourage at the bottom of the Red Staircase before entering the Uspensky Cathedral

    Interior of the Uspensky Cathedral before the coronation

    The imperial procession leaves the cathedral

    “His Majesty, Tsar of All Russia” under the canopy after the coronation

    The Honour guards line the path

    Nicholas II ceremonially drinking a cup of vodka before the military parade on the Khodynka field

    Policemen on the Khodynka field who later could not keep back the crowd of half million

    On the Khodynka field at the beginning everything was in order

    The Tsar’s pavilion, the grandstands and the crowd on the Khodynka field, some hours before the tragedy

    it is estimated that 1,389 people were trampled to death,
    and roughly 1,300 were injured on the Khodynka field

    The festive illuminations of the Kremlin was an incredible novelty at the end of the 19th century

    The Kremlin seen from the Bolshoy Kamennyj bridge



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