Release:2016, Vol. 2. №3
About the authors:Evgeny P. Zagvazdin, Junior Researcher, Tobolsk Complex Research Station of the Ural Branch of the RAS; firstname.lastname@example.org
This paper takes into account the new data and systematizes the information concerning the relations of the last representatives of the Romanov dynasty to one of the most important spiritual centers in Siberia — St. John-Vvedensky convent. The article examines the relationship between the abbesses of St. John-Vvedensky convent with representatives of the Romanov dynasty for nearly 30 years. These contacts were not always direct, they often were symbolic (e. g., the construction of a chapel in honor of the royal family), or indirect, e. g., via the king’s favorite, Grigoriy Rasputin. However, the most important is the last episode in the life of the Romanovs, when they came to Tobolsk in the August of 1917. It was then that St. John-Vvedensky convent and its last Abbess Maria aided the royal prisoners, so that they were in most comfortable conditions. Unfortunately, the relations of the royal family with the abbess and the monastery echoed in pain and repression of the clergy and the closure of the monastery a few years later.