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Wednesday, 14 August 2013
New Monument to Empress Maria Alexandrovna
Topic: Maria Alexandrovna
A monument to the Empress Maria Alexandrovna – the consort of Emperor Alexander II – has been unveiled in Mariinsky Posad, a town named after the popular Russian empress. 
 
Mariinsky Posad is a beautiful town situated on the banks of the Volga River in the Chuvash Republic (situated in the center of European Russia). Originally founded in 1620 as the village of Sundyr, its name was changed to Mariinsky Posad on June 18, 1856 by the Russian tsar in honour of his beloved wife, Maria.
 
The monument has been erected in Naberezhnaya Street, in the historical part of the town, which is known for its ensemble of monuments of history and architecture. The creator of the sculpture, Ivan Zelenkov personally approved of the spot.
 
Empress Maria Alexandrovna devoted her life to serving the Russian people. She founded and funded numerous charitable institutions, the Mariinsky schools and educational institutions, opened the first branch of the Red Cross in Russia and several military hospitals during the Russian-Turkish war. She also founded many orphanages, hospices and hostels, gave birth to female education in Russia, opened a women's gymnasium. Her name to this day is a symbol of goodness, mercy and compassion.
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 14 August, 2013
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:45 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 15 August 2013 7:56 AM EDT
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Friday, 21 October 2011
Statue of Russian Empress to be Unveiled in Finland
Topic: Maria Alexandrovna

 

The Finnish city of Mariehamn is to receive a statue of the Empress Maria Alexandrovna, wife of the Emperor Alexander II later this year. The statue is a gift from Russia in honour of the city's 150th anniversary.

The two-metre bronze sculpture set on a pedestal of red granite, depicts the empress in a ball gown, and will erected in the heart of the capital of the Aland Islands, an autonomous territory of Finland. The statue, designed by the Russian sculptor, Andrey Kovalchuk, will travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg , and then by ferry to Finland. The opening ceremony will take place in November and include an extensive program of activities, including a concernt by members of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

Empress Maria Alexandrovna, born Princess Maria of Hesse and by Rhine, was patroness to schools for girls, as well as the founder of the Russian Red Cross. Several cities were named in her honour across the Russian Empire, including Mariehamn.

© Royal Russia. 21 October, 2011


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:59 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 21 October 2011 9:00 PM EDT
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