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This year’s Tsar’s Days events marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths and martyrdom of Emperor Nicholas II and his family will be held in Ekaterinburg from 15th to 17th July 2018. Organizers are anticipating more than 100,000 Orthodox Christians, monarchists, and others from across Russia and around the world to participate in the Divine Liturgy on the night of 16/17 July, and to join the 21 km Cross procession from the Church on the Blood to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama.

This page is designed for those of you who will be in Ekaterinburg for Tsar's Days. Below, are links to articles and web sites, which will provide you with up-to-date information on events.

Please note, that some of the links are in Russian only. If you do not read Russian, click on Google Translate to translate the page for you.

This page will be updated as more information is made available.


Holy Synod to discuss Ekaterinburg Remains next month

28 June 2018 – His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will hold a meeting of the Holy Synod in Ekaterinburg from July 14 to 17. Will the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) finally make an announcement on the Ekaterinburg remains?

Ekaterinburg Diocese confirms visit of Patriarch Kirill to the Ural capital

22 June 2018 – The press service of the Ekaterinburg Diocese have confirmed that His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will arrive in the Ural capital on 13th July, to participate in commemorative events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. The press service added that the head of the ROC will bring to the city the relics of the Holy New Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna from the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow

Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg Opens Imperial Room

20 June 2018 – representatives of the media were granted a first look at the Imperial Room, in the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg. The altar of the Imperial Room is situated in the lower church sanctified in honor of the Holy Royal Martyrs. It was established on the site of the room located in the basement of the Ipatiev House, where Emperor Nicholas II, his family, and four retainers were all brutally murdered on the night of 16/17 July 1918.

Divine Liturgy for Two Loyal Servants of Nicholas II Performed in Ekaterinburg

12 June 2018 – Sunday 10th June, marked the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of two faithful servants to Emperor Nicholas II – General Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev and Prince Vasili Alexandrovich Dolgorukov

2018 Ekaterinburg Tsar’s Route Project

8 June 2018 – a spiritual and educational project which connects places that preserve the memory of the Imperial family, their faithful servants, as well as well as the members of the House of Romanov who were victims of the Alapaevsk murders. These include holy places, churches and monasteries in Ekaterinburg, Verkhoturye and Alapaevsk

Exhibition: The Tragedy of the Family … The Tragedy of the Motherland Opens in Ekaterinburg

6 June 2018 – an exhibition dedicated to the Romanov family, runs until 23rd September 2018, in the Poklevsky-Kozell House – a branch of the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum in Ekaterinburg.

Schedule of Events for Tsar’s Days in Ekaterinburg

4 June 2018 – the Ekaterinburg Diocese confirms the schedule of main events for the 2018 Tsar’s Days, culminating traditionally will be the events of July 16 and 17.

Ekaterinburg Hosts Public Forum for the Preservation of the Heritage of Emperor Nicholas II

20 May 2018 – on 18th May 2018, on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the last Russian emperor, a public forum was held in Ekaterinburg to preserve the heritage of Tsar Nicholas II.

Procession Marks 100th Anniversary of Nicholas II’s Arrival in Ekaterinburg

30 April 2018 – in the early morning of 30th April 2018, a religious procession took place in Ekaterinburg marking the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Nicholas II and members of his family from Tobolsk.

Patriarch Kirill to lay foundation stone of St. Catherine’s Cathedral in Ekaterinburg during Tsar’s Days

25 April 2018 – the reconstruction of St Catherine’s Cathedral (demolished in 1930) in Ekaterinburg will be built on the site near the city’s Drama Theater, overlooking the embankment of the City Pond. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will lay the foundation stone during his visit to the Ural city this summer.

Tsar’s Days Granted Governor’s Program Status in Ekaterinburg

29 March 2018 – the governor of the Sverdlovsk region Evgeny Kuyvashev signed a decree on granting the status of the governor’s program to the events marking the 100th anniversary of the memory of the holy Royal Passion-Bearers to be held in Ekaterinburg and the Middle Urals.

Metropolitan of Ekaterinburg Calls Upon Citizens to Support Tsar’s Days

29 March 2018 – Metropolitan of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye Kirill, has called upon every inhabitant of the region to make a feasible contribution to the preparation for the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of Russia’s last Imperial Family.

Holy Synod to Meet this Summer to Discuss Ekaterinburg Remains

22 March 2018 – One of the sessions of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church with the participation of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will be held this summer in Ekaterinburg, who “will finally make a decision to recognize the royal remains.”

Tsar’s Days in Ekaterinburg 15-17 July 2018

15 March 2018 – the press service of the Ekaterinburg City Hall plans for the 2018 Tsar’s Days.

Ekaterinburg Prepares for Record Number of Pilgrims During Tsar’s Days

8 February 2018 – the administration of Ekaterinburg anticipate that the number of people attending the Tsar’s Days in July, will be comparable to those attending the FIFA World Cup games in June.

Ekaterinburg Preparing for Large-Scale Events Marking Centenary of Tsarist Family Martyrdom

8 February 2018 – a meeting of the organizing committee for carrying out the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Tsar Nicholas II and his holy family confirm more than 70 events between February and December.

Click HERE to read about the 2017 Tsar's Days in Ekaterinburg + videos and photos

Click HERE to review 12 articles about the Ekaterinburg Remains

Click HERE to review 79 articles about the Holy Royal Martyrs

Click HERE to review 27 articles about Ekaterinburg

Hundreds of volunteers will be on hand to assist visitors and pilgrims during the Tsar's Days in Ekaterinburg

Царские Дни 2018 - календарь основных событий / Tsar's Days 2018 - Calendar of Main Events

(На русском) – features official address by the Metropolitan of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye Cyril, history, events, places, projects, and chronicle

Царские Дни 2018 - Поклониться местам, хранящим память о Царственных страстотерпцах / Tsar's Days 2018 - The Tsar's Route Ekaterinburg

(На русском) – Places which preserve the memory of the Holy Royal Martyrs

Царские Дни 2018 - «горячая линия» / Tsar's Days 2018 - Telephone Hotline

(На русском) – a telephone hot line of the Tsar's Days - 2018, which provides pilgrims with information of the main events of the commemorative celebrations to be marked in Ekaterinburg from July 16 to 18

Царские Дни 2018 - Царская Семья / Tsar's Days 2018 - The Tsar's Family

(На русском) – a web site dedicated to the Russian Imperial family, featuring diary excerpts, letters, articles, photos, videos, and more!

A history and visitors guide to the Ural capital. 170 pages. More than 200 Black & white photographs

This book is a first of its kind - a unique history and visitor guide to the places associated with the last days of Emperor Nicholas II and his family during their house arrest in Ekaterinburg from April to July 1918.

Museums, churches, and more are featured, and richly illustrated with more than 200 photographs, many taken by the author during his visits to Ekaterinburg in 2012, 2016, and 2018. It is further supplemented with additional photographs from the author's private collection.

A special chapter provides additional information on the Tsar's Days events in July 2018, documenting the centenary of one of the darkest pages in 20th century Russian history.

Additional chapters on Ganina Yama, Porosyonkov Log, Alapaevsk, and Tobolsk will be included, as well as helpful travel tips on Ekaterinburg - airlines, hotels, restaurants, museum hours, exhibitions, safety, hiring a guide, and much more!

This title will be published in autumn 2018, and will be of interest to any one who is planning on visiting the Ural capital, or for the armchair traveller.

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