A TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY: JULY 17, 1918, THE MURDER OF THE FORMER TSAR NICHOLAS II OF RUSSIA & HIS FAMILY

TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY: THE MURDER OF THE LAST IMPERIAL FAMILY OF RUSSIA, JULY 17, 1918

O n July 17, 1918, the former Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife, Alexandra, along with their children: Olga, Tatiana, Marie, Anastasia and Alexei, and several members of their household, were murdered at Ekaterinburg, Russia, in the basement of the Ipatiev house.   The imperial family and the servants killed with them were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in 1981.  The Russian Orthodox Church inside Russia canonized the family as passion bearers, signifying that they died with Christian piety and humility.  At the site of the killings, The Church on the Blood was built and consecrated in 2003.  Tsarina Alexandra is one of the protagonists found in my book, “Born to Rule,” published by St. Martin’s Press in 2005.

Nicholas and Alexandra at the time of their Engagement, 1894

Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra with Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie, Anastasia and Tsarevich Alexei

The Russian Imperial Family Who Were Killed on July 17, 1918

A View of the Church on Blood, Ekaterinbug, Russia (photo: Wiki Commons)

The Church Built at the Site of the Former Ipatiev House Where the Russian Imperial Family was Killed (photo: Wiki Commons)

The Church on Blood, Ekaterinburg, Russia (photo: Wiki Commons)

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