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Saturday, 22 December 2012
Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich Monument Unveiled in Nice
Topic: Nicholas Alexandrovich GD

 

A monument to the Tsesarevich and Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich (1843-1865) has been unveiled in Nice, France.

The ceremony coincided with the 100th anniversary of Saint Nicholas Cathedral, consecrated in 1912 in memory of Emperor Alexander II's son who died at Nice on 24th April, 1865.

The monument was installed next to the cathedral, and consecrated by Metropolitan of Ryazan. The church choir sang hymns proclaiming the eternal memory of the Tsearevich Nicholas Alexandrovich.

The city of Nice has long honoured Nicholas Alexandrovich's memory: three years after his death, the Villa Bermond (where he died) was demolished to make way for a memorial chapel, and the adjacent street was renamed Boulevard Tsarevich. In 1896, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna and her son, Emperor Nicholas II organized the construction of a new cathedral, which was completed in 1912. The construction of the cathedral was financed from the private purse of the last tsar. To date, Saint Nicholas Cathedral is the largest Russian Orthodox church in Europe. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 22 December, 2012


  


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:15 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 22 December 2012 8:38 AM EST
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Thursday, 9 August 2012
Portrait of Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich
Topic: Nicholas Alexandrovich GD

 

This miniature portrait of the Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich was painted by Alois Gustav Rockstuhl in 1911. It was originally in the personal collection of the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, and is now in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

Born at Tsarskoye Selo, the Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich was born 20th September [O.S. 8 September] 1843. He was the eldest son of the Emperor Alexander II and the Empress Maria Alexandrovna. He was Tsesarevich and Heir-Apparent from 2 March 1855 to his death on April 24th [12th April] 1865.

In the summer of 1864 he became engaged to Princess Dagmar of Denmark (the future Empress Maria Feodorovna). After his death, she married his brother, the Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich (the future Emperor Alexander III).

A comprehensive study on the life and death of the Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich will be featured in Royal Russia Annual No. 3   due in January 2013.

© Paul Gilbert. 9 August, 2012



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:25 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 12 August 2012 11:14 AM EDT
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