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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. Add Ganina Yama Monastery and other attractions to your Yekaterinburg trip itinerary using our Yekaterinburg vacation generator.
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  • Went out here on a Sunday so there were a lot of people there. We found a web site called bears with bailalaikas that gave us the bus times to get there. But when I asked our hotel receptionist about ...  more »
  • Part of the story of the family. Part of the story of Russia. This place is charming and exploitive all in one action. There are beautiful chapels but still there the pits. Women have to wear skirts b...  more »
  • This place is notorious for being the burial site for the Royal family bodies. In the 19th century a guy called Ganya tried to establish a mining business here. He went no further than digging several...  more »

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