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The Church on the Blood (Church of All Saints).

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

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Russia’s last Tzar, Nicholas II, his wife, children and three servants were executed on this spot at 2:30 AM on July 17 1918. The Ipatiev House, then a Bolshevik stronghold then stood on the spot and the family were woken from their beds, taken into the basement and executed on Lenin’s orders. Nicholas was shot first to the head and chest, his four daughters last who’s diamond filled clothing protected them somewhat from the bullets and they were bayoneted. At first the Ipatiev House was designated a National Monument which people were able to visit, including the bullet riddled cellar, but in 1977 it was demolished by the government. In 1990 the site was given to the Russian Orthodox Church and as with all sites where members of the Imperial family have been murdered the Church erected a ‘Church on the Blood’ to commemorate the later canonised family. Construction began in 2000 and it was consecrated in June 2003. The bodies of the Imperial family are now interred with their ancestors in the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Petersburg.

Written by  karinabratslov.

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