Russian colony “Alexandrowka” was named after the church of St. Alexander Nevsky built by architect Stasov, as well as after the Russian tsar Alexander I. Besides the church there was a total of 13 wooden houses in Russian style constructed here alongside with a number of household facilities.
The colony was formed thanks to the alliance of the king of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm III and Russian emperor Alexander I who fought against Napoleon. Before the alliance of two monarchs, a choir of captive Russian soldiers was formed in Prussia. After the alliance was made, Russian singers fought on the side of the allied army, reached Paris and returned to Potsdam. Tsar, having learned about the Russian choir abroad, sent several more singers. In 1826 the Prussian king founded a Russian colony in the memory of the deceased Russian emperor and ally, having accommodated the singing soldiers in new houses. Today there is a museum here where you can learn this story.