A seven-meter monument to Princess Elizabeth Romanova consecrated in Alapaevsk

© Photo : photo courtesy of the Ekaterinburg diocese of Prosveshenie of the monument to Holy Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth in AlamanceA seven-meter monument to Princess Elizabeth Romanova consecrated in Alapaevsk© Photo : photo courtesy of the Yekaterinburg diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church

The Metropolitan of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye Kirill on Thursday consecrated the seven-meter bronze monument to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna Romanova in Alapaevsk, the website of the Ekaterinburg diocese.

The monument of the Ural sculptor Alexander Koroteev established in memory of the murder of the Grand Duchess in July 1918.

«The sculptural composition with a height of over seven meters is the image of Elizaveta Feodorovna, who holds in his hand the cross and the Lily, as a symbol of purity and faith in God», — told in the diocese.

Addressing the participants of the opening ceremony of the monument, Metropolitan Kirill noted that the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna was a «real Russian woman».

«She was not Russian by blood, but were completely Russian in spirit». «And thanks to her, many things live today, and especially with her and her husband Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Imperial Orthodox Palestinian society, which today does so much good for our land,» said the Metropolitan.

Ekaterinburg branch of IOPS was the organizer of the event. After the opening and consecration of the monument to all those present laid flowers at it. In the opening ceremony, in particular, was attended by the Chairman of the IOPS Sergei Stepashin and the head of the region Evgeny Kuyvashev.

Elizaveta Fyodorovna
© RIA Novosti / RIA to Novoshepelychi in photobacteria Duchess Elizabeth FyodorovnaA seven-meter monument to Princess Elizabeth Romanova consecrated in Alapaevsk© RIA Novosti / RIA to Novoshepelychi in photobacteria Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna

Elizabeth Alexandra Louise Alice was born in 1864 in the family of the Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt Ludwig IV and Princess Alice, daughter of Queen Victoria. In 1884 she married Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich (uncle of Nicholas II) and her sister Alice became the wife of the Emperor.

German by birth, Elizabeth Feodorovna perfectly learned the Russian language and soul fell in love with a new home, and in 1891 accepted Orthodoxy. In 1905 from the bombs of terrorists killed the husband of Elizabeth Feodorovna. In 1909 the Grand Duchess bought on Bolshaya Ordynka street in Moscow land and have established the Marfo-Mariinsky convent. On site there is two churches, a hospital, pharmacy with free medicines for the poor, an orphanage and school.

© RIA to Novoshepelychi in photobacteria Duchess Elizabeth FyodorovnaA seven-meter monument to Princess Elizabeth Romanova consecrated in Alapaevsk© RIA to Novoshepelychi in photobacteria Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna

During the First world war, Grand Duchess actively supported front: helping to shape hospital train, were sent to the soldiers the drugs and the marching Church. In 1918, Elizaveta Fyodorovna was arrested and sent into exile to the Urals. 18 July 1918 her among the other prisoners members of the Romanov family was taken to an abandoned mine and dumped into the mine. In 1981, the Grand Duchess was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, and in 1992-m — the Russian Orthodox Church.

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