Yekaterinburg, September 23, 2000
Today His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Aleksy, who now is in Yekaterinburg, has visited the place called Ganina Yama, where in 1918 the bodies of the members of the Tsar family, previously shot to death, were doused with sulphuric acid and afterwards burned.
This place at the distance of 20 km from Yekaterinburg is deep in the forest; nonetheless a lot of pilgrims come here in homage to the memory of the last Emperor's family, which was canonized at the Jubilee Archbishop Counsel.
The Church still has doubts concerning the 'Yekaterinburg remains' buried in the Petropavlovsky fortress and inclines to hold that the bodies of the members of the Royal family had been burned and their ashes had been scattered around the forest. Now a worshipped cross stands there.
The Patriarch has looked over the plan of building a monastery complex in this place. It includes the church for 400 people, the brothers' dormitory and the pilgrims' house.
Addressing the people that gathered there, Patriarch Aleksy expressed his thanks for veneration of the Tsar family, 'for love for our difficult history and tragic past.' Patriarch believes that a wooden monastery amidst the forest would be the best memory of those, who suffered for their faith in Christ and Truth.
ITAR-TASS / Orthodoxia 2000