ASTAF’EV E.V. To the Question About the Location of the “House of Peter I” in Tsaritsyn


Evgenii V. Astaf’ev

Candidate for a Degree,

Department of History and International Relations, Volgograd State University,

Prosp. Universitetsky, 100, 400062 Volgograd, Russian Federation;

Chairman, Tsaritsyn Genealogical Society,

Poste Restante, 410082 Saratov, Russian Federation

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Abstract. Introduction. The article examines the possibility of the existence in the city of Tsaritsyn, Saratov province, at the turn of the 19th – 20th centuries, of an ancient building in which, according to local legend, Emperor Peter the Great and Empress Ekaterina Alekseevna stayed in 1722 during their return from the “Persian Campaign”.

Methods and materials. Based on the analysis of surviving maps, plans, photographs, archival documents, references to the stay of the imperial couple in the city of Tsaritsyn, described in historical literature, the author explores the planning structure of that part of the city that was located inside the city walls during the reign of Emperor Peter the Great, its changes over time, up to the present, compares these changes at various stages of the development of the city with the corresponding images of the period of the second half of the 19th – early 20th centuries.

Analysis. In the course of the study, the author found that the only one of the three alleged buildings in which Emperor Peter the Great could stop was completely rebuilt in the second half of the 18th century, and subsequently destroyed during the Battle of Stalingrad. However, the author managed to determine its location on the plan of modern development of the city of Volgograd, which could be useful for additionally perpetuating the memory of the stay of Emperor Peter the Great here.

Key words: Emperor Peter the Great, Empress Ekaterina Alekseevna, the city of Tsaritsyn-on-Volga, Petrovskaya street, “The House of Peter I”, merchants Babaevs.

Citation. Astaf’ev E.V. To the Question About the Location of the “House of Peter I” in Tsaritsyn. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4. Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2022, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 230-246. (in Russian). DOI:

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