Topic: Ganima Yama
The Buranovskiye Babushki (Buranovo Grannies) visited Ganina Yama, near Ekaterinburg on January 10th, where they received a guided tour of the monastery.
The Buranovskiye Babushki is a group of eight elderly women from the village of Buranovo, Udmirtia, which is situated halfway between the Volga and the Urals in Russia. They represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, where they finished in second place.
The group perform most of their songs in the Udmurt language, but have become one of Russia's most popular groups in the past year.
In 2010 they started a fund for the rebuilding of the Trinity Church in Buranovo. The church was originally built of stone in 1865, but was closed in 1939 by the Soviets and subsequently demolished. Proceeds from their musical events now go towards the church's reconstruction.
Even if you do not understand Russian, do not allow that to deter you from watching this video of these charming group of grandmothers as they visit one of Russia's holiest sites dedicated to the Holy Tsar Martyrs.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 January, 2013
A fire broke out in the early hours of this morning at the Ganina Yama Monastery, situated 15 km north of Ekaterinburg.
The two-storey Igumen House caught fire shortly before 1:00 am. The building was used for administrative purposes, as well as a residence for two full-time attendants. No one was injured during the blaze, but severe damage has been caused to building and its contents.
This is the 4th fire at Ganina Yama since November 2007. Previous fires destroyed a museum and damaged two churches. Firefighters speculate that the cause of todays fire was due to faulty wiring.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 5 February, 2012
Russia's first monument to the children of Tsar Nicholas II has been unveiled at the Ganima Yama Monastery near Ekaterinburg.
The monument was consecrated on November 16th, the same day that the Grand Duchess Olga Nikolayevna was born in 1895.
© Royal Russia. 16 November, 2011
Ganina Yama was a deep pit in the Four Brothers Mine near the village of Koptyaki, situated 15 km north of Ekaterinburg. In the early morning hours of 17 July, 1918, the bodies of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife, five children and four faithful retainers (all of whom had been murdered at the Ipatiev House earlier) were secretly transported to Ganina Yama and thrown into the pit.
The Russian Orthodox Church, relying on the pro-monarchist White Army's report in preference to any Bolshevik or government-supplied information, and doubting the DNA identification, declared Ganina Yama as Holy Ground.
The Imperial Family and their retinue had been canonized in 1981 by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, but it was not until 2000, and after much debate, that they were canonized as passion bearers by the Russian Orthodox Church inside Russia. The grounds at Ganina Yama were therefore dedicated to honour the family's humility during capture and their status as political martyrs.
With financial assistance from the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company, the Church constructed the Monastery of the Holy Imperial Passion Bearers at the site in 2001. The monastery was blessed by His Holiness Alexey II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia (1929-2008). A tall cross marks the edge of the mine shaft where the bodies of the Imperial family were desposed of.
Seven chapels were later constructed at the site, one for each member of the Imperial Family. Today, the monastery welcomes Orthodox faithful and monarchists from across Russia and around the world.
© Royal Russia. 13 July, 2011
The first stone church to be built at Ganina Yama will be named in honour of the Reigning Mother of God. The foundation stone for the new church was laid on March 15th, by Archbishop Vincent, followed by the laying of a commemorative plaque.
The church is being erected on the site of a wooden church that was destroyed by fire in September, 2010. The new church will also house a memorial museum dedicated to Tsar Nicholas II and his family.
24 March, 2011
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