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Sunday, 1 February 2015
Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and His Service to Moscow
Topic: Sergei Alexandrovich GD

The Great Service to Moscow exhibition opened on January 29, 2015, at the V. A. Tropinin Museum in Moscow.

The exhibition marks the 110th anniversary of the assassination of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, and to the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. This exhibition is a continuation of The History of the Romanov Dynasty in Russia theme, launched in 2013 dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty exhibition project, and then, in 2014, with the White Angel of Zamoskvorechye exhibition.

The exhibition consists of several sections. It describes the childhood and adolescent years of Hessen’s Princess Ella and her years with Grand Duke Sergei, the history of their acquaintance, a marriage, and the first years of their family life in Russia, the appointment of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich governor-general of Moscow and commander of the Moscow Military District. Precisely in Moscow the couple became famous as the builders, decorators, educators, philanthropists and benefactors, contributing in many committees and scientific societies. Due to their efforts Moscow will be granted new museums - the Historical and the Museum of Fine Arts named after Emperor Alexander III (currently, a world-famous Museum of Fine Arts named after A. S. Pushkin), Moscow Art Theatre will opens its doors, a new building of the Moscow Conservatory will be erected, and the Cathedral of the Assumption in Kremlin will be restored. Grand-ducal pair will serve Moscow at the vast field of charity. Guests of the exhibition will find out about the tragic death of the Grand Duke and his wife, who founded the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow.

The exhibition presents photographs and posters from the private collection with images of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna.

The exhibition runs until March 16, 2015 at the V. A. Tropinin  Museum in Moscow. 
© Presidential Library and Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 01 February, 2015


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 10:32 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 1 February 2015 12:02 PM EST
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Tuesday, 10 April 2012
The Romanovs: Elizabeth and Sergei
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Topic: Sergei Alexandrovich GD

This documentary tells about the life and work for the benefit of Holy Russia, of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna and the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich.

Married in 1884, they shared a great love and shared a deep Christian life up until 1905 when the Grand Duke Sergei was murdered by terrorists in Moscow. His wife gave up her privileged life at the Russian Imperial Court and became a nun. She founded the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow dedicated to helping the downtrodden in Moscow. In 1918, she was arrested by the Bolsheviks and murdered at Alapeyevsk.


This documentary, made in 2009, tells their story through vintage photographs and film footage, diary and letter excerpts, and more. It is the second of more than 20 films entitled The Romanov Project.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 10 April, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 10:25 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:08 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Sergei and Ella: Images from an Exhibition
Topic: Sergei Alexandrovich GD


More images from the exhibition of photographs of the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and his wife, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, which opened in Belgorod, Russia on March 8th.

The organiser of the exhibit is the Berlyukovskogo Monastery of St. Nicholas Foundation.

© Royal Russia. 20 March, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:40 AM EDT
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Friday, 29 July 2011
The Grave of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich
Topic: Sergei Alexandrovich GD

Tamara Stepashin, Bishop Savva, Sergei Stepashin. Photo: IOPS 

On 27th July, Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS) Sergei Stepashin, along with his wife, Tamara, visited the grave of the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich at the Novospassky Monastery in Moscow.

The Transfiguration Cathedral, Novospassky Monastery. Photo: IOPS 

The couple were greeted by Bishop Savva who escorted the couple to the Transfiguration Cathedral where the grand duke is interred.

The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society was created in 1882 by Grand Duke Sergei, who also became its first president.

Sergei Stepashin lays flowers on the grave of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich. Photo: IOPS 

Stepashin laid flowers at the grand dukes grave and also viewed the memorial cross which was placed on the spot where the grand duke had been assassinated in Moscow in 1905. The cross was destroyed after the Revolution.

Grand Duke Sergei's body was originally buried in the Chudov Monastery within the precincts of the Moscow Kremlin. The monastery was demolished in 1928, and the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet was built in its place. The burial crypt of the grand duke was located in a courtyard of that building, which had been used as a parking lot.

Sergei Stepashin and Bishop Savva at the grave of the grand duke. Photo: IOPS 

In 1990, building workers in the Kremlin discovered the blocked up entrance of the burial vault. The coffin was examined and found to contain the remains of the grand duke, covered with the military coat of the Kiev Regiment, decorations and an icon.

The cross which marked the spot where the grand duke was murdered in 1905. Photo: IOPS 

In 1995, the coffin was officially exhumed, and after a service in the Cathedral of the Archangel in the Kremlin, it was rebuired in a vault of the Novospassky Monastery on 17 September, 1995.

© IOPS. 29 July, 2011


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 3:23 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 29 July 2011 3:25 PM EDT
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