Opened after restoration Agate Rooms at Tsarskoye Selo

  • Agate Rooms at the Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoye Selo".  Photo ITAR-TASS / Ruslan Shamukov
  • Agate Rooms at the Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoye Selo". Photo ITAR-TASS / Ruslan Shamukov

Famous Agate Rooms of the State Museum Reserve / HMP / "Tsarskoye Selo" fully opened after a three-year restoration. Today officially ended restore the last four of the seven interior rooms: Jasper and the Oval Office, the Cabinet and Stairs.

The museum’s director Olga Taratynova at a ceremony signing the acceptance of works, said: "The museum first laid the foundation principle of the conservative restoration. We have carefully preserved all that came to our days." 

Agate Rooms are located on the second floor of the pavilion "cold bath", were built in the 1780s by Scottish architect Charles Cameron and served apartments of the Empress Catherine II. They got their name because of the different types of finishing Ural jasper, which is in the XVIII century, called the "meat agate." During the German occupation in the rooms was a club, and the retreat fascist troops were taken from the premises of all that was located at the height of human growth-jade vases, bronze reliefs, suffered painting, molding and flooring.

  • Agate Rooms at the Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoye Selo".  Photo ITAR-TASS / Ruslan Shamukov
  • Agate Rooms at the Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoye Selo". Photo ITAR-TASS / Ruslan Shamukov

According to the chief architect of the museum Natalia Kudryavtseva, Jasper and the Oval Office have survived worse than others, because they were partially destroyed dome hits from artillery shells. "Have lost important elements of decor, but because of the posting inconsistent roof disturbed temperature conditions", — explained the architect. According to her, there had to rebuild much more than the other rooms, including the very design of the dome and its molded piece, and surviving fragments of the pictorial composition architects helped restore the frieze.

  • Agate Rooms at the Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoye Selo".  Photo ITAR-TASS / Ruslan Shamukov
  • Agate Rooms at the Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoye Selo". Photo ITAR-TASS / Ruslan Shamukov

The cost of revival Agate Rooms exceeded 405 million rubles, three-quarters of the Railways have identified and charity fund "Transsoyuz." Another 85 million — means the Ministry of Culture.

  • Agate Rooms at the Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoye Selo".  Photo ITAR-TASS / Ruslan Shamukov
  • Agate Rooms at the Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoye Selo". Photo ITAR-TASS / Ruslan Shamukov

Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medina, who was present at the opening, personally thanked the Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin for assistance in the project […] The head of Russian Railways, in turn, noted that participation in the project for the company, "It was an honor," and recalled that it was in Tsarskoye Selo in 1851 there was the first railroad in Russia.

  • Agate Rooms at the Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoye Selo".  Photo ITAR-TASS / Ruslan Shamukov
  • Agate Rooms at the Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoye Selo". Photo ITAR-TASS / Ruslan Shamukov

Restoration Agate Rooms began in 2010 and went step by step. In December 2011, were the first to open Agate office and library, and in October 2012 — the Great Hall. Restored and Jasper Oval Office, as well as Kabinetets Stairs and will be available for visitors on September 27.

  • Agate Rooms at the Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoye Selo".  Photo ITAR-TASS / Ruslan Shamukov
  • Agate Rooms at the Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoye Selo". Photo ITAR-TASS / Ruslan Shamukov

SAINT-PETERSBURG, September 26. / Correspondent. ITAR-TASS Margarita Potekhina /

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