Yekaterinburg, Russia This church was one of seven within a monastery built as a penance for the tragedy of Tsar Nicolas II and his family in Yekaterinburg. Every church here is constructed from wood (including the nails). This particular church was constructed in memory of Nicholas’ wife, Alexandra. Situated deep in the midst of the Russian Ural Mountain range, the monastery was a wonderful surprise, and by far my favorite place to visit during my stay in Yekaterinburg. To see something so beautiful juxtaposed in the place of a horrific past was an extraordinarily powerful experience.

Yekaterinburg, Russia

This church was one of seven within a monastery built as a penance for the tragedy of Tsar Nicolas II and his family in Yekaterinburg. Every church here is constructed from wood (including the nails). This particular church was constructed in memory of Nicholas’ wife, Alexandra.

Situated deep in the midst of the Russian Ural Mountain range, the monastery was a wonderful surprise, and by far my favorite place to visit during my stay in Yekaterinburg. To see something so beautiful juxtaposed in the place of a horrific past was an extraordinarily powerful experience.