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“Strange”

Ganina Yama Monastery
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

A beautiful place recreated from the style of yesterday. I find it strange that the family are now all saints, seems an anathema. However that does not detract from the beauty of the place.

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Reviewed 17 September 2013

The monastery/churches are located in middle of a tall pine wood. The place is unbelievably beautiful, specially if it is rainy (despite its inconveniences). But it is not a common touristic place to go. Go if you feel you are spiritually motivated to do it. It is a place of reflexion, on what happened there, on the way the royal family was murdered, on the changes it brought to the country, etc. It is also out of this world if you happen to arrive at the time of one service, in some of the little churches. The chants, the smell of what they burn, is deeply moving.

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Reviewed 11 July 2013

After Nicholas II (the last Russian Emperor) and his family were shot by Bolsheviks in Ipatiev's house (At this place now the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land is standing), their bodies were brought to "Ganina Yama" gold mine and buried in it.

When the Soviet Union was gone, their bodies were re-buried in Peter and Paul fortress, in Saint Petersburg (former capital of Russia).

And at the place of this Gold Mine now the Monastery is functioning. There are seven churches (upon the 7 members of Nicholas II family), and the photos of the Emperor's family are exhibited.

Most of the buildings are made of wood, but after a few fires took place, the new churches there are built of stone.

The overall impression of the wooden monastery in the pine forest is absolutely great, and especially great - in winter, when everything is covered with snow. So don't miss it.

A tip: In Russian orthodox curches the women must wear a shawl (a kerchief), or a hat in winter, for their head was covered, and a long skirt (a bit lower the knees).

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Reviewed 25 May 2013

Came here with a friend by taxi. The buildings were peaceful and it was a nice setting. There was an excellent display of family photos from the first part of the twentieth century.

It was a sombre experience as I came with a Russian friend who did not want to come here on her birthday. There was nothing in English which for me was not a problem. Execution or murder the end result was the same - children dead before they had a chance to experience life.

Thank Natasha123
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

I would definitely recommend visiting this monastery if you are in Ekaterinburg. We visited with tour guide Olga from the Ekaterinburg Guide Centre. Olga was very knowledgeable and a good story teller. She told us about the discovery of the bodies of the Tsars family and how they were killed. It was very moving but the beauty of the monastery and the peaceful setting made our trip interesting, rather than depressing. The wooden buildings have been lovingly crafted. It was quiet when we visited so we were able to absorb the atmosphere appropriately. This was one of the highlights of our trip to Russia.

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