Monument to the Children of Nicholas II Near Ekaterinburg
A mounment to the children of Tsar Nicholas II was unveiled in 2011 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 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.
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.
Oh man, this is stunning. Wonderful, wonderful work!