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Yekatarinberg

The bloody history of the Romanovs

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Yekatarinberg is the 4th largest city in Russia, but it doesn't feel huge. From our beautiful AirBnb (8th floor appartment) we can see all the major sites out the window.

This is the place where the Romanov dynasty was ended when the Bolshoviks murdered the entire royal family (also Rasputin and a lot of other influentials). It is a grizzly story with a lot of twists and turns (and nowdays conspiracy theories). The family was murded in Yekatarinberg, then moved to a forest location thrown into a pit with acid, then dug up and reburied in a new location. Despite all this, some remains were recovered after the fall of the soviet union and reburied in the final place in St Petersburg. Apparently, DNA testing has proved the identities. But two of the 5 children have never been found leading to conspiracy theories that they survived.

The city council have created a 6.5km walk around all the major sights by painting a red line on the footpath and road. You just follow along and read about the locations. The red line ran right past our accommodation.

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Yekatarinberg has some beautiful buildings (including the President's Palace and is nicely located on a lake.

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It also has a lot of interesting sculpture scattered around the city (many outside the train station)

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The church on the Romanov murder site. in Orthodox churches, for some completely illogical religious reason, men must remove hats from their head and women must put a scarf to cover their head.

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Ate twice at Khemeli Suneli an upmarket Georgian restaurant ($30 for two).

An interesting (an sometimes grizzly) star.pngstar.pngstar.pngstar.pngstar.png 5 star day.

Posted by MikeinCairns 08:27 Archived in Russia

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