Tourists interested in learning about Russia’s imperial past can now travel by special train across the Urals following the route taken by some members of the tsarist family before being executed in 1918.
The train, which has a wagon similar to that of the tsarist family and travels three hours from Yekaterinburg to Alapayevsk, allows its passengers to dress in clothes worn by Russian nobles in the early 20th century.
Arriving in the city, the tourists visit by tourist bus the locations where the members of the tsarist family had stayed, where they were executed.
“On the night of July 18, 1918, eight people who were still alive were thrown here,” said Father Seraphim, pointing to a mine shaft, adding that “among them was Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fiodorovna (Romanova).”
Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and their five children were killed by a Bolshevik execution squad in 1918 in the cellar of a merchant’s house in Yekaterinburg, about 1,450 kilometers east of Moscow. Their bodies were found in a forest outside the city.
A church has been erected at the place where the members of the tsarist family were executed.
One day after the execution of the Romanovs, the Bolsheviks abused members of the royal family and threw them into a mine shaft in Alapayevsk, northeast of Yekaterinburg.
In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church proclaimed St. Nicholas II a saint, whom the Soviet governments called a weak leader. The Church ruled that he and his family had died as martyrs when they were executed by a group of atheist Bolsheviks.
The train, sponsored by regional authorities, made its first journey on Saturday.
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