On July 15th the Elisabeth Sergei Educational Society (ESPO) opened a new exhibition at the Patriarchal Compound Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land in Ekaterinburg, with the blessing of Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye. The exhibition is part of this years Royal Days Festival in the Urals, and runs until August 30, 2015.
The exhibit takes a look at Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna in the Russian media during the years 1884 to 1905. It includes items gathered from museum and private collections in Moscow and Ekaterinburg.
The exhibition has been organized by the Elisabeth Sergei Educational Society (ESPO) and includes not only rare photos, but also original materials of the periodical press of the time, which reflect significant events in the private and public life of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Elizabeth.
Admission to the exhibition is free. Everyone who visited the exhibition on the opening day received a free booklet in the form of an old paper richly illustrated with historical photographs of the grand ducal couple, dating from the late 19th - early 20th centuries.
The exhibition the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna in the Mirror of Russian Media 1884-1905, runs until 30th August at the Patriarchal Compound, Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land in Ekaterinburg. Admission is free.
Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna were married on June 15, 1884 in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. In the spring of 1891, Emperor Alexander III appointed Sergei as Governor General of Moscow, a position he served until his assassination on February 17, 1905. Grand Duke Sergei’s body was buried in a crypt of the Chudov Monastery within the precincts of the Moscow Kremlin. A memorial cross was erected on the spot where he was killed. After the downfall of the Romanovs, the cross was destroyed, the Chudov Monastery was destroyed by the Soviets in 1928. In 1990, building workers in the Kremlin discovered the Grand Duke’s remains, covered with the military greatcoat of the Kiev regiment, decorations, and an icon. In 1995, the coffin was officially exhumed, and after a Panikhida in the Kremlin Cathedral of the Archangel, it was reburied in a vault of the Novospassky Monastery in Moscow on September 17, 1995.
After Sergei’s death, Elisabeth wore mourning clothes and in 1909, she sold off her magnificent collection of jewels and other luxurious possessions. With the proceeds she founded the Convent of Saints Martha and Mary in Moscow and became its abbess. She soon opened a hospital, a chapel, a pharmacy and an orphanage on its grounds. Elizabeth and her nuns worked tirelessly among the poor and the sick of Moscow. Elizabeth's many charitable efforts included visiting Moscow’s worst slums, doing all she could to help alleviate the suffering of the poor. In 1918, Lenin ordered the Cheka to arrest Elizabeth. On July 17th, Grand Duchess Elizabeth, along with Varvara Yakovleva, a sister from the Grand Duchess's convent, and some of her Romanov relations were beaten and thrown into an abandoned mine pit. Her remains were later found and taken to Jerusalem, where they were laid to rest in the Church of Maria Magdalene.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 July, 2015