Ganina Yama

Ganina Yama

Ganina Yama (Russian: Ганина Яма) is a disused mine shaft near the village of Koptyaki, 15 km north from Yekaterinburg. On the night of 17 July 1918 the bodies of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family (who had been murdered at the Ipatiev House) were secretly transported to Ganina Yama and thrown into the pit, from where they were retrieved by geologists on 29 May 1979. The place is commemorated by a monastery dedicated to the Romanov Passion-Bearers. The wooden buildings of the monastery burnt down in November 2007 and in April 2008.

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