(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.