This week in Yekaterinburg, Russia, 60,000 devoted followers participated in a 22-kilometer procession in honor of the Romanovs, the family of the last Tsar of Russia. It was led by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill. July 17 marked the 100th anniversary of the murders of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.
Our book GRAND HOTEL EUROPE, ST PETERSBURG, is an account of life and times at the former Russian capital and the story of Russia's most famous and oldest hotel. It was the playground of Russian aristocrats, artists and famous travelers. Until today it is the meeting point of a yearly gathering of the Romanov family.
Russia in 1875The city was the hub of six railways, the centre of science and fine arts, a 120 years old Commercial Society. St. Petersburg’s music conservatory made the city the cradle of Russian opera, ballet and music. At the public library a collection of over one million books could be found. The Hermitage Art Gallery contained a fine collection of paintings. This was St. Petersburg when the hotel opened. Follow me, my dear fellow traveller, into the story, the tales and legends of this grand hotel.’
Grand Hotel Europe's kitchen from where composer Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker) ordered his food while on honeymoon.
Roof top garden — Rasputin's delight
Grand Hotel Europe's jazz band
Posing during a gay 1920s party at the Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg
Experience, Explore, Enjoy!