This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2018
A monument to Russia’s last Imperial family has been established in the city of Biysk, situated more than 3,000 km east of Moscow in the Altai Krai region of Russia. The city is often referred to as “the gates to the Altai Mountains”.
The unique sculptural ensemble The Tsarist Family, was installed on 20th April in the city’s Alexander Park, which depicts 10 life-size bronze sculptures of members of the Russian Imperial family. It was designed the sculptor Sergei Isakov, who also created the famous monument to Dmitry Donskoy in Moscow.
The composition depicts life-size sculptures of Emperor Nicholas II, his consort Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, their four daughters Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Tsesarevich Alexei. The entire family are seen in the center: the Emperor and Empress seated, the Tsesarevich kneeling on the floor between them, and the four grand duchesses standing behind.
Another sculptor of Emperor Alexander II can be seen on the left; while the remaining two sculptors on the right depict the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and his consort Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. Above the composition is a large coat of arms of the Romanov family, which is held by two angels made in the form of bas-reliefs.
The official opening and consecration of the monument by the Metropolitan of Altai Sergius, will take place in July 2018.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 April 2018