Bust of Nicholas II to be Established in Zlatoust

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Sculptor Alexander Sadovsky poses next to his Nicholas II bust

On 19th September 2018, the forum of the World Russian People’s Council will take place in the Ural city of Zlatoust, situated about 160 km west of Chelyabinsk, or 266 km southwest of Ekaterinburg.

The theme of this year’s forum is: “Emperor Nicholas II and Russia. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow”. The forum is timed to the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Emperor Nicholas II and the 100th anniversary of the formation of the diocese in Chelyabinsk region. 

The plenary session that will take place on this day will be attended by invited bishops and clergymen of the Russian Orthodox Church, representatives of the scientific community and the delegation of municipalities of the Chelyabinsk region.

A large-scale event is being announced with the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers. According to the Zlatoust eparchy, the goal of the public forum is to consolidate society on the basis of the millennial historical, spiritual and cultural traditions of Russia, to reveal the significance of the sacrificial exploit of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers for the revival of the state.

A Divine Liturgy will be performed at the Cathedral of St. Seraphim in Zlatoust on the opening day of the forum. It will be headed by the permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, Head of the Central Asian Metropolitan District – Metropolitan of Tashkent and Uzbekistan Vikenty. 

The Divine Liturgy will be followed by the unveiling and consecration of the monument to the Emperor Nicholas II. The monument is based on original drawings created in 1904 for the creation of the monument to Nicholas II in the city, and after more than a century, will finally become a reality.

Nicholas II visited Zlatoust on 30 June 1904 – see photos above – where he attended a Divine Liturgy in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, hosted a military parade in the station area, and instructed regiments, going to the front during the Russo-Japanese War.

“Undoubtedly, I have a positive attitude to the idea of ​​installing a monument to Emperor Nicholas II ,” historical justice will triumph, “ said Yury Okuntsov, the head of the history department at the Zlatoust Museum of Local History– “The fact is that right after the Tsar’s visit to Zlatoust, the city duma decided to build and install a monument to him, but the event remained on paper. Apparently, we, the descendants, are now given an opportunity to keep their word.”

It was in May 2013, that a photograph album which once belonged to Emperor Nicholas II was discovered in the vaults of the Municipal Regional Studies Museum in Zlatoust. The grey calico album, containing 210 photographs dated from 1913-1916, was discovered in an old cigar box in the vault of the museum storage rooms. A multimedia virtual mode copy of the album is currently on display in the Museum and Exhibition Center, which is located in the Church of the Reigning Mother of God at Ganina Yama. Click HERE to read more about this historic discovery. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 5 September 2018

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