Topic: Mikhail Nikolayevich, GD
A monument to the Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolayevich (1832-1909) is the latest Romanov monument to be erected in Russia. The unveiling took place last Tuesday at the Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps in St. Petersburg. The event was dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanov and the Day of Missile Forces and Artillery celebrated on November 19.
It is the first monument to a member of the House of Romanov to stand alongside other monuments to outstanding Russian military leaders and statesmen in the museum’s outdoor memorial.
The event was attended by members of the St. Petersburg diocese, including Archpriest Gennady Belovolov and Abbot Gerasim - rector of St. Michael's Monastery of Mount Athos in Adygea, who presented the bust as a gift to the museum, a replica of the original found in the historic Caucasian monastery.
"We dedicated the memorial, which is located near the Decembrists obelisk,” said Father Gennady, “the Decembrists, whom unlike the Grand Duke violated their oath to their sovereign and whom became the forerunners of revolutionary unrest in Russia. These two choices, these two paths reflect the history of our nation. This is worth remembering for those who come here."
As recalled by Abbot Gerasim, the idea of creating a monument arose in 2009, the year marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolayevich. To commemorate his service to Russia, in which he served in the Russian army and in the Caucasus, where he served as governor for nearly 20 years (1862-1881), a monument was unveiled in the monastery. At the same time, the abbot wondered why no such monument had been erected in St. Petersburg, the city where the grand duke was born, worked and is buried in the Peter and Paul Cathedral. It was decided to make a copy of the bust for the city on the Neva. The bust was cast in the foundry in Rostov-on-Don, with funding provided by philanthropists.
Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolayevich had a long and distinguished military career, and for nearly 50 years, served as a patron of the Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps making a significant contribution to the museum’s collections.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 November, 2013