Church on the Blood
The Church of Blood plays an important role in the political history of Russia. It is at this exact site that the Bolsheviks executed the last Emperor of Russia, Tsar Nicholas II, along with his wife Alexandra and the couple’s five children in 1918. This changed the course of history and today the monument stands as a memorial to the sacrifice that was made on this spot. This religious monument commemorates the Romanov dynasty. If you are interested in history and learning more about this turbulent period in Russia, this is a fascinating, yet sombre place to visit.
A modern day memorial
In 1991, the end of the Bolshevik Revolution, the building was reclaimed as an Orthodox Church and reinstated to its more traditional role in society. Resources and architects were gathered and construction of a new temple began. The temple is crowned with five golden domes on the roof. Inside, there remains the Church on the Blood, a belfry, a memorial hall, and an informative museum dedicated specifically to the lives of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The internal design of the church is grand; the ground floor is made up of local porcelain and the top floor, white marble.
An annual festival of remembrance
Church on the Blood holds an annual festival called “Tsarist Days", in memory of the Romanov Dynasty. Visit on the 17th July, you will witness the dedication of Ekaterinburg concerning the holy memory of Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family, who died so tragically in 1918.
The festival culminates in a traditional evening procession, along a 21-kilometre route from the church to the monastery complex at Ganya’s Pit. This nine-foot pit, located in the Four Brothers Mine near the village of Koptyak, is where the bodies of Tsar Nicholas II and his family were secretly transported after their execution. Following the procession, a memorial liturgy honours the deceased Royal Family at the Church on the Blood. The festivities pay respect but also educate people about the history of the last Russian Royals.
Both the Church on Blood, and the Church of Ascension
, another popular attraction, are located 1.5km from the Park Inn by Radisson Ekaterinburg Hotel
and are certainly worth a visit when you are in the city.