The last Journey

Yekaterinburg appeared to be the very point where the tragedy - the passion - bearing death of the tsar`s family and their faithful servants took place. After the 78 days captivity they were brought from Tobolsk and kept in the basement of the mansion of the mining engineer, Ipatiev N.N., on July 17, 1918. That night they were executed by shooting.

Their names are: the former Russian Emperor Nicholas II, his spouse Alexandra Feodorovna, their son - Alexei, their daughters: Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, physician in ordinary Botkin E.S., parlour-maid Demidova A.S., valet Trupp A.E., cook Kharitonov I.M. On April, 30, 1818, Nicholas II, Alexandra Feodorovna and Maria Nicholaevna were conveyed to the Yekaterinburg-II station from Tyumen by train. Here the captives were handed over to the representatives of the Ural Regional Council, which is shown in the picture of Pchelin V.N.

You can see there (from left to right): Adyeev A.D. - prime-commandant of the House of the Special Appointment, Goloscheokin F.I. - member of the Ural Regional Committee, Beloborodov A.G. - chairman of the Ural Regional Commitee, Diadkovsky B.B. - member of the Regional Council, Nicholas II, Guzakov P.V., Maria Nicholaevna - daughter of Nicholas II.

Ipatiev's mansion was built in the beginning of XX century at the corner of Voznesensky Prospect and Voznesensky Lane. On April, 28, 1918, it was requisitioned by the authorities. The captured Romanovs family and their faithful servants spent their last 78 days before the death in the mansion`s rooms on the second floor. And the assassination was committed in the basement.

This is the Ipatiev's mansion - the House of the Special Appointment in July, 1918.


The building used to be the "American Hotel" built in the middle of the XIX century. In 1918 the Ural Emergency Committee to handle such problems as counter-revolution and sabotage was accommodated - On July, 12, 1918, the conference was held in this building in the room N3 where the Committee passed the resolution to kill the tsar's family and its servants.

"The open mine" - one of the numerous abandoned pits, the depth of which is 10m. It looks like a crater which is overgrown with plants and bushes. On July, 17, the dead bodies of the captives executed by shooting were brought here. Here they were undressed, the jewelry were withdrawn, their clothes were burnt, the corpses were thrown down into the pit and then the Bolsheviks dropped hand-grenades there. Less than in one day the corpses were extracted and brought to the south with the aim of concealing the remains.

This is the way the Staraya Koptiakovskaya Road looks at present. It was the last journey of the Russian Emperor, his family and their faithful servants. Bolsheviks used this very route to convey the dead bodies to the isolated place called Chetire Brata. near this abandoned mine.

In the early morning on July 19, 1918, under the leadership of Yurovsky the remains of royal martyrs and their servants were poured with acid and concealed near the crossing-keeper hut by the railway under the coverage of sleepers. The very spot of the concealment was found out by the searching party .Obretenie. in the summer of 1979; the group of scientists and specialists extracted the remains in 1991.
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