The Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky
Written and researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewska

Cross and ribbon of the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky

The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was another medal that was originated by Peter the Great.This was a military award commerating Prince Alexander Nevsky and his war (and victory) against the Swedish invaders ob the river Neva in 1240. The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was instituted after Peter's death. The ocassion was the wedding of his daughter Anna to Karl-Friechrich, Duke of Holstein. Peter's widow, Tsarina Catherine I, designed the award for feats or arms and loyal service to the country.

There was only one class of this order, and three insignias: a gold cross, an eight-pointed star, and a red moire ribbon. The cross was worn on a ribbon across the left shoulder. The star was pinned to the left side of the chest. A diamond encusted cross and star were the highest class of decoration.

Few Russians achieved this highly prestigious award.

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