One Night Palace – an amazing building was built 100 years ago under orders of Prince Constantine Petrovich Oldenburg (1850-1906), great grandchild of imperator Pavel. Prince was man of business but among with that his was very romantic. When fulfilling nationwide business-projects he was also building amazing mini-palace and was living in Georgia for a long moment. By the way he rearranges champagne production in Kutaisi.
He saw for the first time Princess Agrafena Dadiani, wife of Tariel Dadiani the famous debaucher and gambler, in Tiflis salon of Varvara (Babale) Baratashvili and his highness lost heart. Without a moment’s hesitation excellent guest propose to Dadiani incredible sum for the right to spend one night with his gorgeous wife. And imagine he agreed. Some told Prince help him to get out of debt. Another’s that he gamble away his wife. Our heroes had no idea that indecent offer will create the life full of love.
They said Agrafena brought out to his highness her conditions. It is not my business whereof you make an agreement! If you want me to be yours then gifted me a palace well-deserved cell for the night of love. Princess spin out the time in the hope that admirer get off back. But Prince hesitated only for a short time. And soon ordered to fulfill palace project to famous architect Paolo Shtern.
Grand Park was built around the palace under the order of Prince. Horse stable and utility area was located nearby. It takes more than a year to build the whole complex. It is commonly supposed that proud beauty stick to guns and Prince was able to appreciate not only the beauty but spiritual values of Agrafena. By the end of construction Prince fell in love finally, irreversibly and mutual. When the construction was finished, long-awaited night was wreath of deep love.
His highness decided to marry her and attorneys organized matrimonial suite very fast and in October of 1882 Agrafena married Prince Oldenburg. Married couples had six kids: Alexandra, Ekaterina, Nikolai, Aleksei, Petr and Nina. Destiny of each of them is a freestanding storytelling. Long period has elapsed since then, the time went by, and generations had passed. But an amazing “ One night Palace” still stood on the calm Kargareteli street, cherish the memory about great love of Georgian Princess and outlandish Prince. Since 1989 here is located State Museum of theatre, music, movie and choreography.
One Night Palace
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