Skip to comments.Monument to Sts Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Unveiled in St. Petersburg
Posted on 05/14/2013 8:27:13 PM PDT by marshmallow
St. Petersburg, May 14, Interfax - A monument to the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna has been unveiled next to the Church of the Resurrection near Varshavsky Railway Terminal in St. Petersburg.
Sculptor Mikhail Pereyaslavets' creation, the monument is dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanov and the 120th anniversary of Nicholas and Alexandra's royal wedding. The sculpture was built with donations from the parish and was sanctified by Archbishop Markell of Tsarskoye Selo.
The dedication ceremony, held next to the Church of the Resurrection on Obvdnoi Kanal, was attended by the church clergy, led by Archimandrite Sergy (Sturov), archpriests Gennady Bartov, Pavel Krasnotsvetov and Bogdan Stoiko, and Archimandrite Vikenty (Kuzmin).
The laying of the stone church in 1904 was timed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the royal wedding. The project was approved personally by Tsar Nicholas II.
When Russia gets it, and we don’t.. oy vey.
The Czar was extremely out of touch with the people of Russia. He didn’t have a clue....(sound like anyone?).
His wife, kids, aides and dog didn’t deserve what they got.
I suppose that Nicholas II was a nice enough fellow.
But he blundered his way into a world war, and then he blundered his way into a revolution. And then he lost them both.
His huge mistakes certainly outweigh any good he did.
On the eve of the Revolution, the British ambassador to Russia gave some blunt advice to Nicholas II: "You must regain the trust of your people."
Replied Nicholas: "No. The people must regain my trust."
For those of us interested in pre-commie Russian history, this would be a nice favor.
Now who’s does that sound like to you?
Historians agree that he was not the right man for the job. He made many mistakes, primarily in the HR department. This is one of most serious weaknesses of absolutism: if the Czar is not capable, what do you do?
As far as I know, there was nobody around on that level of government who could take over, even if they legally had the right to step in and become a ruler. The sleepy government faced the new and aggressive threat of Lenin and his ilk - and the Czar downplayed the danger by not fighting against the enemy wherever the enemy was. Today we know better; any student of history, if he finds himself in the body of the Czar, would know *exactly* how to fight the communists. Back then they were seen just as harmless idealists; the full extent of their damage was not properly understood until 1980's.
As I was saying....
The building behind is still being worked on, but the photo of the sculpture (clickable) is apparently available here.
Will they make Rasputin a saint?
Note that from Peter the Great onwards, all the monarchs married Germans, rendering the royal family effectively German by blood by the time of alexander I
This was the same case with the British royal family
The Tsar of Russia, the King of England George V and the Kaiser of Germany, Wilhelm II were all grandsons of Queen Victoria and first cousins to each other and resembled each other
Even the kings of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania were Germanic princelings chosen by the European nations
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