The Russian Colony Alexandrowka
The Russian Colony Alexandrowka was established in 1826 by King Frederick William III in memory of his close friend Czar Alexander I with whom Frederick had allied in the wars against Napoleon. The wooden houses in Russian style of the period was built to be the home of Russian singers who stayed at the Prussian court and used to be a present from the Czar after finishing the war. Peter Joseph Lenné planned the gardens with the aim to provide the Russian choir an inspiring atmosphere for music and leisure. Today, the entire area is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
The faked block houses in twelve gardens copy the Russian style in every detail. The landscape artist Peter Joseph Lenné laid out the colony in form of the Russian St. Andrew´s cross. But Prussian austerity prevented the architects from building real block houses. They built typical Prussian half-timbered houses and covered them with dark wooden planks. All the houses are surrounded by large gardens to plant fruit and vegetable. As the inhabitants used to be singers of the First Prussian Regiment of the Guards, the colony was dealt as a military facility and kept under guard.
In House No. 2 a small museum is established. The kitchen and the living room are open to the public and convey a sense of the pure living conditions at the colony in the 1830s. The museum presents documents about the close and familial links between the Prussian and the Russian dynasties.
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