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Ganina Yama Monastery

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Ganina Yama Monastery

770 Reviews
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Ganina Yama Tract, Yekaterinburg 624090 Russia
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4-hour Food & Alco & Sights Tour

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4-hour tour in the city center, incl.: major attractions of Yekaterinburg, dumplings cooking workshop, lunch and dive-in bar in a haunted mansion where you'll taste home-made berry liqueurs ("nalivka"), craft beer, cheese and meat snacks.<br>It is your chance to spot the main attractions and to taste traditional Russian food made by yourself and home-made Russian drinks. <br>An informative walking tour along such sights as the City Dam, the Iset River, the Church on the Blood continues in a cosy restaurant with authentic Russian atmosphere where you'll be taught how to make dumplings - easy-to-make and truly delicious local food. <br>After a hearty lunch, we'll have a small walk to Pils Live Bar. On our way, we'll see some unique attractions, like Vysotski scyscraper and monument to Invisible man. In the bar, you'll taste home-made "nalivka", craft beer and snacks (jerked meat or cheese set). If lucky, you may also witness a small live blues or rock show held in the bar from time to time.
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Maryam N wrote a review Aug. 2020
St. Petersburg, Russia19 contributions
this is one of the reason I travelled to this area. whole the family of Nikolai the 2 were berried in this place on 1918
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Date of experience: March 2020
saronic wrote a review May 2020
Zurich, Switzerland17,885 contributions1,641 helpful votes
The 'official' site to which the bodies of the imperial famly had been brought to, after their murder in the night of July 16th, 1918, is Ganina Yama (Ganya's pit) at the then already abandoned iron mine of the Four Brothers. For this reason the Russian Orthodox Church gave the orders in the year 2000 for the construction of a monastery dedicated to the Holy Imperial Martyrs (Passion Bearers). Quite a bit of controversy though surrounds the final remains of Czar Nicholas II and his family. One week after the execution of the last Romanovs the White Army had retaken Yekaterinburg (and kept it for 1 year) and order was given to investigate the killing of the last czar. It was then that Ganina Yama was declared as the place, where the bodies had been deposed, either thrown into the pit or destroyed. Clandestine excavations in 1979, thus still in Soviet times, at a place called Porosyonkov Ravine, a few kilometers away from here, brought to light remains that by DNA analysis were said to be from the imperial family. This was though not accepted by the Russian Church. To get to Ganina Yama it is best to take a taxi. I had it combined with the Europe-Asia border marker, a 20min drive from here. The holy site is located in the northwest of Yekaterinburg near the village of Koptyaki by lake Iset. There are seven wooden churches here, one for each member of the family. Under the main church, dedicated to Czar Nicholas II, is a museum, just as at the Church on Blood, the site of the murder, in Yekaterinburg. Around the Ganina Yama pit is a covered walkway with enlraged photos of the members of the imperial family. Women have to wear skirts and scarves, but these are - in purple color - available at the entrance gate. By the parking is a small café in a tent and an information board, also in English, with a depiction of the place, showing all the about 20 different buildings here. All the other information boards further inside though are only in Russian. At the site are also an icon shop and public toilets. Since Ganina Yama is in the middle of a forest, there can be quite a few mosquitoes in summer.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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olegl28 wrote a review Dec. 2019
127 contributions8 helpful votes
This is very significant monastery in Russian history. This k I land accept remains last Russian King, his wife and children. It is very important place for Russian people.
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Date of experience: May 2019
Yvonne A wrote a review Sep. 2019
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Built to honour the Romanoff family, the murdered Tsar and Tsarina of Russia and their family. It is widely believed that the military ordered and carried out this murder without the knowledge of the Bolshevik Government who had not wanted the crime of regicicde to be laid at their door. The purpose of the murder was to discredit the revolutionary government and thus make it easier to facilitate a military takeover of government. The family have since been created 'Saints' by the Russian Orthodox Church.
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Date of experience: June 2019
Jon Nuxoll wrote a review Aug. 2019
Eugene, Oregon12 contributions
Monastery built in the 1990s over the place where Romanovs’ bodies were dumped after their murder. Remains are now in St. Petersburg. Peaceful grounds, monastery and memorial at their first gravesite.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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