In Alapaevsk 29 June 2017 the solemn ceremony of opening of the monument to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fedorovna Romanova was held, the website of the Government of the Sverdlovsk region reports.
Monument to the work of the Ural sculptor Alexander Kokoteyev was installed next to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the ark with the relics of Elizabeth Feodorovna Romanova is kept. This is the last temple that the Grand Duchess visited during her lifetime. "The sculptural composition of more than seven meters in height represents the image of Elizabeth Feodorovna, who holds a cross and a lily flower in her hand as a symbol of purity and faith in God," the diocese said. The decision to create the monument and its installation on the Cathedral Square in Alapaevsk was taken in 2016 by the regional branch of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society.
The participants of the opening ceremony were Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, Bishop of Kamensk and Alapaevsky Methodius, head of the region Evgeny Kuyvashev, chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society Sergey Stepashin, chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Elisavetinsky-Sergievsky Enlightenment Society Anna Gromova, State Duma deputy Pavel Krasheninnikov.
"Elisaveta Feodorovna was a real Russian woman, she was not Russian by blood, but was absolutely Russian in spirit. And thanks to her, a lot of things are still alive today, especially the Imperial Palestinian Orthodox Society, founded by her and her husband Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, who today does a great deal of good for our land as well, "said Vladyka Kirill at the consecration of the monument.
The historical significance of this event was noted by Evgeny Kuyvashev: "Today is truly a landmark event in the history of the Urals and Alapayevsk. We are not able to change the tragedy that occurred in our country almost a hundred years ago, but in our power to learn from the past, so that this never happened again. "
Sergei Stepashin told why it is so important that the monument was erected in Alapaevsk: "Today we pay tribute to the memory of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, who 18 July 1918 here in Alapaevsk, climbed to Golgotha. At one time she headed the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society, went into nuns and everything that she had, gave to the construction of schools and monasteries. She was very fond of Russian land and therefore, despite the fact that she had the opportunity to leave the country during the Revolution, she preferred to stay here. This is the first major monument to the princess. And it is very correct that such a monument is installed in Alapaevsk. The monument is beautiful, and the place is chosen magnificently. " He also stressed that this memorial will become one of the main treasures of Alapaevsk.
Anna Gromova noted that it was only with the full support of the regional government and the residents of Alapaevsk that they managed to implement such a serious and meaningful project to perpetuate the memory of Elizabeth Feodorovna.
After Metropolitan Kirill consecrated the sculpture, the whole day believers carried flowers to her and made memorable photos.