GANINA YAMA
The Romanov Family Album

Russia's first monument to the children of Tsar Nicholas II unveiled at the Ganima Yama Monastery near Ekaterinburg in November 2011

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Ganina Yama is one of Russia's most sacred places, as it carries the mournful history of Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia and his family, who were murdered at Ekaterinburg in July 1918. Situated about 15 km (9.5 miles) north from Ekaterinburg, Ganina Yama consists of seven wooden churches, one for each member of the Imperial family, a Romanov museum, and various statues of Emperor Nicholas II, his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and most recently, their five children.

Also worth note is a permanent outdoor photographic exhibition dedicated to Tsar Nicholas II and his family. More than 500 photographs are spread over 34 individual frames, containing about 15 black and white photographs each.

Many of the photos may not be new to most Westerners, but they will be new to many Russians. It is important to note that during the Soviet years, the publication of such photographs would have been forbidden, unless they were being used for the sole purpose of discrediting the last tsar and his family which was very common for nearly eight decades.

Visitors to Ganina Yana can now visit this spiritual and holy place and gaze upon images of the last tsar and his family during happier times. One can see rare photos of Alexandra smiling, her children at play, their private world behind palace walls, vacationing in the Crimea and the Finnish coast, among others. It is important to remember that when these photographs were taken, they were never intended for public viewing. The photos now give the last Russian Imperial family a human face, something denied them under the brutal years of Bolshevik and Stalinist rule.

Compiled by Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia



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