Former Residence of Prince Romanov




District Yunusabad, ward Kashkar.



One of the atypical monuments of Tashkent is the residence of Prince Romanov, built in 1891 by the project of architects A.L. Benoit and V.S. Heinzelzman in the city center. This is a one-story mansion of Nikolai Konstantinovich Romanov - the grandson of Russian Emperor Nicholas I, exiled by royal parents to Tashkent in 1877 and lived here until his death in 1918. The residence of Prince Romanov was built in the modern at the time style "modern". The elegant house is richly decorated with carved trellis, unusual forms of windows, towers and other decorative elements. The prince was a passionate hunter, because the main entrances to the mansion were decorated with bronze figures of deer and hunting dogs. From the back of the building there was an exit to a large garden, broken by the well-known Tashkent botanist and pharmacist I. I. Krause. Particular attention was paid to the interior decoration of the palace. The halls of the mansion were sheathed in dark oak, decorated with carved cornices and gold paintings. From the main hall, three doors led to the chambers of the prince and his wife. On the left side of the house there was a billiard room, library, dining room, and on the right side there was a greenhouse and a Japanese garden. In one of the outbuildings, the Russian prince arranged for a menagerie, which contained wild animals that were living at that time in these parts. On Sundays, the zoo was open to the public. Nikolai Konstantinovich was extremely popular among the local population. He opened the first cinema in the city, a bakery, built a princely soldiers' settlement in the city center, built irrigation canals in the Hungry Steppe. During the years spent in Tashkent, the prince collected a unique collection of antiques and books, which he later bequeathed to the city.