Monument to the Children of Nicholas II
Unveiled Near Ekaterinburg

A monument to the children of Tsar Nicholas II was unveiled today at Ganima Yama, situated about 15 km north of Ekaterinburg
Photo/Фото: РИА Новости

This article was translated and compiled by Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. © 2011. All rights reserved.

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Photo/Фото: РИА Новости

A mounment to the children of Tsar Nicholas II was unveiled today on the grounds of the Ganina Yama monastery complex, where the remains of the last Russian Imperial family were found murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918. The consecration of the monument falls on the birthday of the Grand Duchess Olga Nicholayevna, who was born this day in 1895 [3 November Old Style).

The monument was consecrated by the Metropolitan Vincent of Tashkent and the Uzbek, who previously served as the Metropolitan of Ekaterinburg. He noted that the idea of creating a memorial to the children of Nicholas II came to him just weeks before he was transferred to a new place of ministry.

The statue created by sculptor, Igor Akimov, said that his work was created based on photographs and portraits of the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and the Tsarevich Alexei.

Photo/Фото: РИА Новости

According to Ivan Dubrovin, the director of the foundry, a small miracle accured during the installation of the monument. "The bronze sculpture was taken to the monastery on a flatbed truck. The figures were face-up. The installation of the stone pedestal took several hours. It was snowing. The sculpture was carefully removed from the flatbed and placed next to the truck. It was at this point that one of the visitors to the monastery said, "Look, why, she is crying!" And indeed, after having carefully examined the figures we observed that in the eyes of one of the figures, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, drops that looked like tears ... We do not undertake to judge that it was - a miracle, or really just the snow has melted, but somehow frozen drops in the eyes of only one of five figures of the composition,"- said Dubrovin.

The height of the monument, "Royal Children" - stands nearly 3 meters, its weight - 2 tons. According to the sculptor of the monument, the children of Nicholas II descend from heaven on the inclined stone plinth, with crosses in their hands. They are huddled together and looking cautiously around. The expression on their innocent faces relates the fear they must have endured at the hands of their murderers.

Photo/Фото: РИА Новости

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16 November, 2011