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Saturday, 1 February 2014
Requiem for Murdered Grand Dukes Held in St. Petersburg
Topic: Peter and Paul Fortress

January 30th marked the 95th anniversary of the murders of the Grand Dukes Paul Alexandrovich, Dmitry Konstantinovich, and brothers Nicholas and George Mikhailovich at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. Last Thursday, about 100 monarchists and Orthodox faithful gathered at the Peter and Paul Cathedral where a requiem was held for the four grand dukes. The requiem was led by Archimandrite Alexander Fedorov, and assisted by the rector of the Leushinsky Monastery in St. Petersburg Archpriest Gennady Belovolov. 

The grand dukes were among 17 members of the Romanov family murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918-19, the last four taking place in St. Petersburg. The Peter and Paul Fortress, which was built by Peter the Great to protect the capital of Russia, became the place of execution of four Romanov grand dukes. They were shot together, along with other citizens of St. Petersburg, an act of revenge by the new government for the death of two revolutionaries in Germany, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. 

In 1981, the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad glorified the new martyrs and confessors of all members of the House of Romanov, murdered in 1918-19. This honour, however, was denied Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich, the reason being that the grand duke had been "a socialist, an atheist, and a Mason."
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 01 February, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 4:34 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 4 February 2014 9:20 AM EST
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Monument to Murdered Grand Dukes at Peter and Paul Cathedral
Topic: Peter and Paul Fortress


A memorial plaque in memory of the four Romanov grand dukes murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1919 can be found in the Grand-Ducal Mausoleum of the Peter and Paul Fortress at St. Petersburg. It was erected and sanctified on January 30, 2004, in the presence of Dmitry Romanovich Romanov, great-great-grandson of Emperor Nicholas I.

Gold letters on a white Carrara marble inscribed the words:
 
"Eternal memory, the most worthy representatives of the Russian Imperial House, innocent victims in January 1919 in the Peter and Paul Fortress. The names of the martyrs - Orthodox Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich, Orthodox Grand Duke Dmitry Konstantinovich, Orthodox Grand Duke Nikolai Mikhailovich, Orthodox Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich. "

A Decree of the Presidium of the Cheka, ordered the grand dukes to be sentenced to death. The sentence was carried out on January 24, 1919 in a yard of the Peter and Paul Fortress. Their bodies were thrown into an unmarked mass grave. In December 2009, a grave was discovered containing the remains of 17 people, plus bullets, shells, gold jewellery, shoes and fragments of clothing. In September 2013, I reported that the State Museum of St. Petersburg ordered further excavations of the fortress, with hopes to to receive further funding to assist with the identification of the remains, including costly DNA analysis.  
 
I have been following this discovery since 2009, and have posted numerous articles on the subject in both Royal Russia News and my blog. To review them, please refer to the following links: 
 © Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 30 October, 2013
 

 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:05 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 30 October 2013 6:53 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Tsar's Rooms in Peter and Paul Cathedral Open
Topic: Peter and Paul Fortress

The Tsar's Rooms have reopened in the Peter and Paul Cathedral at St. Petersburg. The interiors of the Tsar’s Rooms have been recreated for the first time since 1917. In them you can see exhibits from the collections of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, which reveal the importance of the cathedral as one of the main places of worship in the former Russian capital.

The Tsar’s Rooms are located in the gallery connecting the Peter and Paul Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Mausoleum. The rooms were built in the early 20th century by Leon Benois (1856-1928) and intended for the use of the Imperial family while visiting the cathedral. Four rooms were decorated in the style of Louis XV and furnished with furniture made by the St. Petersburg factory Friedrich Melzer.

The rooms suffered considerable damage during the Soviet era. The restoration of the Tsar's Rooms began in 2011-2013, with every care taken to preserve much of the historic interiors.

The rooms currently house portraits of the Russian emperors and empresses: Peter I, Catherine I, Elizabeth I, Paul I, Alexander I, Nicholas I, Alexander II, Nicholas II. Also on display are panoramic views of St. Petersburg of the 19th century, depicting the palaces and buildings of the imperial capital - the Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Winter Palace and the Palace Embankment, the Admiralty and the Cabinet of Curiosities, The Summer Garden.

An entire section of the current exhibit is devoted to the burial and memorials to members of the Romanov dynasty who are buried in the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Of particular interest is a memorial wreath (see photo) originally placed on the tomb of Emperor Alexander II after his assassination by terrorists in 1881.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 31 July, 2013


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 4:47 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 31 July 2013 5:19 PM EDT
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Sunday, 13 May 2012
Peter and Paul Cathedral in Petersburg to be Restored
Topic: Peter and Paul Fortress

 

The Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg is to be restored.

The Culture Ministry of the Russian Federation has announced the competition for the right of carrying out repair and restoration works on the cultural heritage site. The corresponding announcement is placed on the official site of state orders of the Russian Federation.
      
According to the specification, the task of the winner will include restoration of facades of the cathedral and the bell tower, as well as repair of the roof and reconstruction of the paving of porticoes. All the planned renovations are expected to be finished before November, 2012.

      
The Peter and Paul Cathedral is one of the main buildings of the ensemble of the Peter and Paul Fortress. The cathedral was constructed according to the project and under the direction of architect Domenico Trezini. Construction of the unique monument took 20 years to complete - from 1712 to 1732. The Peter and Paul Cathedral is the sepulchre of the Russian emperors and empresses.

 

© Oreanda.ru. 13 May, 2012

 



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