Ganina Yama Monastery, Yekaterinburg

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Ganina Yama Monastery stands on the site where the bodies of the last Russian tsar and his family were thrown after their execution by the Bolsheviks. The remains of Nicholas II of Russia and his family remained undiscovered for many years because the Bolsheviks quickly transferred them to a second, secret site, known as Porosenkov Ravine. DNA from living relatives identified the remains as those of the tsar and his family, but the Russian Orthodox Church doubted the validity of the results. Declaring the site holy ground, a monastery was constructed to commemorate the deaths of these political martyrs. Seven wooden chapels now stand on the site, one for each family member killed. Examine the display of photographs to better grasp the personal side of this national tragedy. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Yekaterinburg holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ganina Yama Monastery and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • this is one of the reason I travelled to this area. whole the family of Nikolai the 2 were berried in this place on 1918  more »
  • The 'official' site to which the bodies of the imperial famly had been brought to, after their murder in the night of July 16th, 1918, is Ganina Yama (Ganya's pit) at the then already abandoned iron.....  more »
  • At the site of the initial burial, in an old mining pit, of the Russian royal family and four loyal servants, the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs was built in 2000. It's a large complex of 7 churches, each dedicated to a member of the murdered family. The church "union domes" glitter in the sun and the interiors are typically ornate and beautiful. There is an excellent museum under the church dedicated to Tzar Nicholas which is a must visit. Note, to enter the site, ladies must cover their head and wear the long skirts, available at the entrance.
  • Spent 2 hours in this monastery , with 7 wooden temples, each dedicated to the last tsar family (total of 7) of Russia, killed by Bolshevik. Bring a scarf with you, as they will ask women to wear it to enter. Also all women were asked to wear a red skirt, even if you are wearing long trousers. Some women with their own skirts (even knee tall) were allowed to enter without wearing the red skirt (why?).

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