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Palace of the Romanov Boyars

The Palace of the Romanov Boyars in Moscow serves as a testament to the history of a family that climbed the social and political ladder in Russia, culminating in Mikhail Romanov being elected as Tsar in 1613. This magnificent building was restored in the mid 1800s by Tsar Nicholas I, and turned into a museum as a tribute to his ancestors, offering fascinating insight into the world of early aristocratic life in Moscow that may not form the basis of mainstream knowledge of Russian history, but is nonetheless significant.

The palace was built by Nikita Zakharin, the grandfather of Mikhail Romanov and brother-in-law of Ivan the Terrible, who married Nikita’s sister Anastasia in 1547. When Mikhail was named as Tsar in 1613, the entire family moved from the palace to the Kremlin. The reign of Tsar Mikhail I marked the end of the Time of Troubles in Russia. Following the family’s departure, the palace fell into disuse for a time until restored by Tsar Nicholas I and opened to the public, becoming one of the first museums in Russia.

The Palace of the Romanov Boyars is built on two levels, with the ground floor being devoted to public reception rooms and private rooms, such as the study and library, used mainly by the men of the household. The older boy’s study is located on the ground floor and this is where, from the age of six years, young boys were educated. The interior of the men’s quarters are decorated in dark colors with superbly tooled leather coverings on the walls exuding an air of stateliness. The very ornate dining room is also located on the ground floor.

The ladies quarters are on the upper floor and feature a bright and airy room with large windows letting the sunlight stream in. This room, which is referred to as the “room of sunlight”, was where the women spent a great deal of their day doing handicrafts, such as embroidery and weaving. Some handicraft and needlework items are on display for visitors to get an idea of the quality of handiwork that a refined young lady would be expected to produce. The walls are covered in a pale wood and the decorations and furniture are luxurious but subtle. Also on the upper floor is the hostess’ room, where female guests were received by the ladies of the household.

While the Palace of the Romanov Boyars is not always included in prepackaged tours of Moscow, those who have visited it agree that it should be, as it offers a worthwhile glimpse into the private lives of a family that played a part in shaping the history of Russia.


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