On 24th October, a monument to Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna (1895-1918), the eldest daughter of Emperor Nicholas II was established in the Russian city of Novy Oskol, situated 90 kilometers northeast of Belgorod.
Founded in 1905, the school was then named Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna Women’s High School. Today, the oldest educational institution in the city, is simply referred to as Olginskaya High School. Funds for the construction of the educational institution were donated by the grand duchess herself.
The idea to perpetuate the memory of the eldest daughter of Nicholas II came about in March 2017 – click HERE to read article. At first school projects were created, and then a competition among sculptors took place. The best, according to the competition commission, was the work of Belgorod sculptor Boris Sergienko.
The sculptor said that he tried as accurately as possible to convey the image of the grand duchess, by studying old photographs, and archival materials.
The bronze monument which weighs almost 500 kg, was installed at the main entrance to the school building. Its official opening and consecration will be held in November, when the repair of the educational institution and the improvement of the adjacent territory will be completed.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 30 October 2018