The last residence of the Russian dynasty: the Ipatiev House


The new season of The Crown, which has recently become one of the most popular projects of the digital broadcasting platform Netflix, has some pretty interesting episodes. The fifth season of the series about the life of the British royal family, connects the last days of the Romanovs, the last dynasty of the Russian Empire, with the magnificent and unusual life of the British royal family. It is known that members of the dynasty, overthrown by the Bolshevik revolution in Russia and imprisoned in a building called the Ipatiev House, spent the last part of their lives in this house and were executed in the basement of this house. This event, described in the 6th episode of the 5th season of The Crown, increases the viewers’ curiosity both for the Romanov dynasty and for the Ipatiev House, where the event took place. Here’s what you need to know about the last residence of the Russian royal family, the Ipatiev House.

The Ipatiev House was built in 1880 by one of the leading Russian miners, Ivan Redikortsev.

The Ipatiev House has become one of the iconic buildings of the city of Yekaterinburg, where it was built. The house, which will also become an extremely important structure for the history of Russia in the coming years, has changed hands several times over the years. In 1989, it was bought by a scandalous gold dealer.

The house was bought in 1908 by engineer Nikolai Ipatiev.

So the building became known as the Ipatiev House …

In 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution took place, ending the Russian Empire.

The Soviet Union had not yet been formed. However, the government of the country passed into the hands of the temporarily created Bolshevik government. With the revolution, the Romanov dynasty, which had ruled Russia for hundreds of years, was overthrown, and the Russian Tsardom was abolished.

In 1918, the Bolshevik authorities forced Nikolai Ipatiev to vacate his house.

Because the Ipatiev House was called by the Bolsheviks the “House of Special Purpose” and was really intended for a special purpose …

The Romanov family settled in the Ipatiev House on April 30, 1918.

Deposed ruler II. Members of the dynasty of Nicholas, his wife Alexandra Fedorovna and their 5 children were kept in the Ipatiev House with their servants, cooks and doctors. The members of the dynasty lived on the top floor of the house. The assistants of the dynasty lived on the lower floor…

The Bolsheviks literally turned the Ipatiev House into a prison

The house was surrounded by a high fence. For this reason, the Romanovs, who lived their lives in captivity, could not see anything from the outside world, let alone be aware of the outside world. On the other hand, the freedoms of the members of the dynasty and the delegation accompanying them were also extremely limited. The prisoners were allowed to spend a very short time even in the garden of the house…

In July 1918, the management of the house was transferred to the revolutionary Yakov Yurovsky.

Ipatiev house

In other words, Yakov Yurovsky was chosen to be responsible for the execution of the Romanov dynasty! On the night of July 17, 1918, Yurovsky raised the prisoners who were in the house from their beds and asked them to prepare for the journey as soon as possible. He informed the members of the dynasty that the troops of the White Army were approaching the city, so they must leave the city, and ordered the Romanov dynasty and its entourage to gather in the basement of the Ipatiev House…

Members of the dynasty and their entourage were kept in the basement of the Ipatiev House. II. Nikolai asked for chairs for his wife and 14-year-old son…

The other members of the dynasty and the people accompanying them were waiting. Soon a group of armed men entered under the command of Yurovsky. Yurovsky, I.I. He told Nicholas that his relatives made attempts to escape, but these attempts were unsuccessful.

Members of the dynasty were shot, headed by Yurovsky. So in the basement of the Ipatiev House, the last ruling family of the Russian Empire died …

After the execution, the corpses of the members of the dynasty were buried in a wooded area.

Ipatiev house

The location of the graves was kept secret by the Soviet Union for years. The graves of members of the dynasty were discovered only in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, among the bodies found was not the corpse of the youngest daughter of the dynasty, Anastasia. This situation has led to some claims that the girl escaped execution. But the body was found in 2007 in a wooded area where other members of the dynasty are buried…

Yurovsky at the head of the firing squad. “your relatives tried to save you, but these attempts were in vain” “relatives” in the sentence were members of the British royal family

Ipatiev house

II. Nicholas’s cousin, then King George V of England, asked his cousin to leave the country after he was deposed, but the captivity of the deposed Tsar by the Bolsheviks prevented this flight.

Although George V took action to rescue the captured Romanovs, the dynasty was later abandoned for various reasons. This historical event was impressively conveyed to the audience in the TV series “Crown” under the name “House of Ipatiev”…

The Ipatiev House was demolished by the Communist Party in 1977.

Ipatiev house

After the historic execution, the house was used for many different purposes over the years. Sometimes it was turned into a university administration building, and sometimes it was used as a warehouse for Soviet works of art. However, over the years the house has become an extremely important center for Russians who want to preserve the memory of the Romanov dynasty.

That is why the Communist Party declared that the house had no historical significance and ordered it to be demolished. Thus, the building in which the last ruler of the Russian Kingdom and his family was killed was destroyed. In 2003, a church was built on the land of the Ipatiev House, also known as the “Bloody Church”.

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