Items belonging to the Imperial family later found by the White Army at the Ipatiev House: 1918/1919.
96 years ago Emperor Nicholas II, his family and their four servants were brutally murdered in the cellar of the Ipatiev House.
Through their suffering in exile, the Imperial family maintained their love of one another and their faith in God.
Today they are revered as Passion Bearers in the Russian Orthodox Church. The Emperor, Empress, three of their daughters and their four servants rest together in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Petersburg. The remains of the two youngest children have yet to receive a state burial.
Rest in peace.
"The Grand Duchesses were fast leaving childhood behind them and blossoming into charming girls; they did not greatly resemble one another, each was a type apart, but all were equally lovely in disposition. I cannot believe that any men so inhuman existed as those who, it is said, shot and stabbed those defenseless creatures in the house of death at Ekaterinburg. Apart from their beauty, their sweetness should have pleaded for them, but, if it is true that they have ‘passed,’ then surely no better epitaph could be theirs than the immortal words, "Lovely and pleasant were they in their lives, and in their death they were not divided."
Lili Dehn, “The Real Tsaritsa”
The last letter from Grand Duchess Tatiana to Valentina Ivanova Chebotareva: May 1/14, 1918-
"How did you spend the [Easter] holidays? They were sad for us, since we were without Father and Mother. You have probably already heard that they were taken away from us. It was so sad to separate ourselves from them. You are sure to understand. Maria went with them and we stayed with my brother, who is sick. Of course we were not told where to and for what purpose they were being taken- neither did they know anything. Almost a week after their departure we learned that they had arrived in Ekaterinburg. We receive letters from them. It is such a joy for us- Mother’s heart is hurting very much as a consequence of the awful road to Tyumen- they had to travel over 200 versts [140 miles] by horses along a horrible road. They spent nights in villages. Now they live in three rooms. Before their windows is a huge fence, so one sees only the top of a church. We are now expecting to leave shortly, as soon as brother fully recovers…"
In honor of the beginning of Lent, here are the ikons of the Grand Duchesses at the Church on the Blood in Honor of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land on the site of the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg.
OTMA’s things from YekaterinburgWordlessly staring at my computer screen.
Easter letter written by Grand Duchess Maria to her sister Olga in Tobolsk: Spring, 1918.
If anyone has the time to decipher handwriting/translate it would be much appreciated!
Apologies for sharing an unsettling photo but I want to set the record straight. This is NOT a picture of the execution of the Romanovs. It is a still from a Soviet documentary re-enacting that night. Just so this stops circulation on tumblr as legit.
There is another one circulating too that people have been getting confused by.
As much as people like to bash others for “circulating” false photos of the Romanov families corpses, I’ve yet to hear anyone come up with an explanation of the true nature of said false photos. I get that a lot of us are Romanov enthusiasts and like to stay historically correct as possible but if it bothers you, offer a calm, alternative explanation instead of just getting upset and finger pointing. If people don’t know, they don’t know.
Well, based on every account that I have read of the murders, there were no photographs taken on that night. The whole thing was really chaotic and they were in too much of a hurry to dispose of the bodies quickly and destroy the evidence to stop and take a photograph of what they had done. The fact that the Bolsheviks went to such lengths to cover up what they had done, ie. throwing the bodies in a mineshaft and throwing a grenade in, deciding that wasn’t a very good hiding spot and pulling them back out, destroying them with acid, and burning two of them which were then buried in a separate location indicates that they would not have photographed the scene. Why would men who were franticly trying to destroy evidence then go on to CREATE evidence? It just doesn’t make sense!