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The Chapelle Pavilion (an ensemble of the Alexander Park)

Categories / Tsarskoe Selo and town of Pushkin. The digital chronological reference book/Monuments of history and culture

The Chapelle pavilion was located near the Upper Hothouses along the Menagerie line. Two Chapelle’s towers, connected with the arch, were built during 1825-1828 on the place of the dismantled southern bastion of the Menagerie. Constructing was started at the time of Alexander I rule. Menelaws used a part of walls of the Elizabethian lusthaus for constructing the new building. The appearance of the mystery – pavilion, as it was conceived by its creators, has reflected mystical spirits and legends of the Alexander epoch. The pavilion was crowned with a wind gauge in the form of a rooster and reproduced ruins a Gothic chapel, that was a well-known touch of gardening and park architecture. Inside room was lighted with stained-glass window with pictures of biblical scenes, the vault was painted by the artist V.Dadonov and sculptures of angels were made by V.I. Demut-Malinovsky. Inside the Chapelle there was a statue of the Saviour made in Stuttgart in 1820-1824 by the sculpture J.H. von Dannecker on the order of dowager Empress Maria Fiodorovna. It was supposed to place the statue in a Moscow church, but it was not done and the Empress presented the statue to her son – Emperor. A variant of the sculpture, made by the author, was placed in Regensburg. The Chapelle building was partly destroyed during WWII; a chiming clock, wind gauge, stained-glasses were lost. The restored works have to start in the pavilion at the nearest time.

Semenova Galina Victorovna

Alexander I, Emperor
Dadonov, V.
Danneker, I.G.
Demut-Malinovsky Vasily Ivanovich
Maria Fedorovna, Empress
Menelas Adam Adamovich

Dvortsovaya Street/Pushkin, town Александровский парк


Architect A. Menelaws constructed the Chapelle and the Arsenal on the site of the Monbijou and the Pensioner Stables for the old horses of Their Own saddles of Their Majesties
Source: Tsarskoe Selo

Menagerie (an ensemble of the Alexander Park)

The oldest part of the park, founded as the Menagerie, occupied more than a half of the Alexander Park territory. The area for the Menagerie has been chosen as early as 1710
Source: Tsarskoe Selo