The Semi-Circular Hall
The Semi-Circular Hall was the center of the Alexander Palace’s Suite of State Rooms. Under Nicholas II, the Semi-Circular Hall would welcome the Tsar’s closest courtiers and security guards officers with gala dinners and a Christmas tree.
In the Suite of State Rooms, the central one was named the Semi-Circular Hall (a.k.a. Third State, or Middle Hall) because of a semicircular wall. The hall opens through broad, columned arches into the Portrait and Billiard Halls (a.k.a. Second Hall and Fourth Hall, or Marble Drawing-Room). Though many times renovated, the interior finish remained unchanged till 1941. The architect Quarenghi very tastefully decorated the interior with gilt furniture, marble fireplaces, and mirrors. The most remarkable were two stand lamps with glass columns and crystal pendants around their candle plates. The windows opened on a beautiful vista, and a mahogany door into the palace’s façade colonnade.
Under Nicholas II, the Semi-Circular Hall would welcome the Tsar’s closest courtiers and security guards officers with gala dinners and a Christmas tree.
Other from the Suite of State Rooms:
The Marble Drawing-Room
The Portrait Hall