Tsar Peter House
The royal guest stayed there for seven nights, sleeping in Gerrit’s box bed. The Tsar then departed for the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.) shipyards in Amsterdam. With this short stay, the Tsar lent his name and fame to a humble little wooden labourer’s cottage.Peter the Great did return to the house on subsequent trips to Holland, the last of these being in 1717.
The Tsar Peter House is one of the oldest examples of Dutch timber. Without the united efforts of Russia and the Netherlands, the cottage would no longer exist. To protect the wooden cottage against the elements, a stone roof was added in 1823 with open arches, paid for by Princess Anna Pavlona. After her death she left the house to her son, Prince Henry. Tsar Alexander III had supports added in 1890, as well as a stone foundation.
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The Tsar Peter House is located in the city center of Zaandam at 'Krimp 23'.
(paid) parking on walking distance is possible e.g. at 'De Burcht' and the car park at the 'Zaanstheater' (theatre).
On a regular base, you can join Russian Workshops at the Tsar Peterhouse, like painting Matrosjka's. The Russian artist Larisa Bilous will teach the specific techniques and tells you the story behind the Russian traditions.
Start of Restoration Project Tsar Peterhouse
Wednesday 28 November the restoration project of the Tsar Peterhouse in Zaandam (Netherlands) will start. The world famous house, which was built in 1632 out of old ship wood and where the Russian tsar Peter the Great stayed for eight days in 1697, will undergo a thorough restoration.
The Tsar Peterhouse, a monument, is in need of a thorough restoration. Without intervention the house will sink even more. Also, in the foundation maggots were found, which can have catastrophic consequences.
In 2013 the bilateral Netherlands Russia year will start. The Zaans Museum, administrator of the Tsar Peterhouse, took the restoration as an opportunity to offer the project as a sponsored project to a Russian partner. In cooperation with the Russian Trade Representation, the Zaans Museum contacted the Summa Group from Russia.
The Summa Group recognizes the historical significance of the Tsar Peterhouse to Russia and is honored to be involved in the restoration project as a sponsor.
During the restoration, which will take about three and a half month, the Tsar Peterhouse will be closed for public. The restoration will be executed by Hooyschuur Architects BNA, Bouwintentie (architectural consultancy) and Somass BV (architectural contractor). The entire period of restoration, interested people can visit the house on Sundays (from 12:00 – 16:00) to have a look behind the scenes and get informed about the proceedings.
In March 2013, with the start of the bilateral Netherlands Russia Year, the house will be re-opened and back in full glory for public again. With the opening of the Tsar Peterhouse and the start of the bilateral Netherlands Russia Year, a variety of special activities will be opganised.
Fokelien Renckens, director Zaans Museum and Farida Guseynova, administrator Tsar Peterhouse