Romanov Palace in Tashkent. The architecture of Tashkent is diverse. But there are buildings that attract with their unusual appearance immediately. One of these buildings is the Palace of Prince Nikolai Konstantinovich Romanov, the nephew of Tsar Alexander II, expelled to Tashkent for stealing diamonds from the old icon of his mother. You can see this building in the very center of the capital, not far from Amir Temur Square and Independence Square, on one of the main streets - on Sharaf Rashidov Avenue.
The palace building was specially erected for Prince Nikolai Konstantinovich Romanov. He was the grandson of Nicholas I and the nephew of Alexander II.
The Romanov Palace is an elegant and sophisticated one-story house, made of burnt gray-yellow brick. Openwork carved lattices, decorative towers and windows of an original design adorn the appearance of buildings. The main entrance to the palace is “guarded” by life-size sculptures of dogs, and on both sides of the main staircase, there are bronze deers with beautiful branchy horns.
The palace was built in 1891 according to the project of architects A.L.Benois and V.S.Heinzelman. The external and internal design of the building is made in the Art Nouveau style, which is characterized by the rejection of right angles and lines in favor of elegant and natural bends. Much attention was paid to interior details and their fine artistic processing.
For example, one of the halls of the palace was decorated in oriental style with wonderful Bukhara, Afghan, Turkmen and Persian rugs. Low ottomans were covered with carpets and fabrics embroidered with silks, silver and gold. Also in this room were paintings by famous artists with scenes from the life of old Tashkent.
After the death of Prince Nikolai Konstantinovich, in 1918, the building was given to the art museum. After some time, within its walls was the Palace of Pioneers, as well as the Museum of Jewelry and Antiques. Currently, the Romanov Palace is the home of receptions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.
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