Today I’d like you to tell about Sts. Mary and Martha Convent of Mercy founded by the Grand Duchess Elizaveta Romanova, an older sister of Alexandra, the last Russian Empress. Both of them were granddaughters of Queen Victoria. She was married to Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, who was assassinated in 1905 by a terrorist Ivan Kalyayev. After his death she sold everithing she had and devoted herself to charity and spiritual life.
2.The church of the Holy Virgin Protection was designed by A.Schusev (by the way, the author of Lenin’s mausoleum).
3.Western portal is closed.
4.The entrance is to the right on this pic (under the bell).
5.The statue of the first abbess, St. Elizabeth, with the inscription: “To the Grand Duches Elizaveta Feodorovna: With Repentance”.
6.The church was painted by a great artist M.Nesterov.
9.The convent’s adress: Moscow, Bolshaya Ordynka 34.
After the revolution Elizaveta Romanova refused to leave Russia and in 1918 was forcibly taken from the convent, arrested and finally murdered together with some other members of the Royal family. They were thrown alive into a deep mine shaft near Alapaevsk.Later the remains were discovered, first moved to China, than to Jerusalem – to the church of Maria Magdalena, which she and her husband helped to build. At the end of the 20th century Elizaveta Romanova was canonized. She is one of the ten martyrs from across the world who are depicted in statues above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey in London.