Alexis Palace is an imperial palace on the bank of the Moika River in St Petersburg. It was built in the mid-1880s as a private residence of Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch and his family.
The Grand Duke was an extremely handsome man, with a great likeness to his brother the Emperor; he had dignity when he liked, was a great admirer of art in every form or shape, and had made a remarkable collection of old silver, tapestries, and other articles. His greatest failing was that terrible love de faire la noce that so many Russians possess. But when necessary he could put on his grandest airs, and could represent his country to perfection when called upon to do so on State occasions. He was fond of reading, and knew his classics well.
Behind the Veil at the Russian Court, Princess Catherine Radziwill, 1913