The Imperial Family| Visit to beloved Crimea for the last time ever





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Published on Nov 11, 2009

-How terribly sad it is to leave the Crimea, the sea, the sailors and the ships-
(Grand Duchess Tatiana Nicholaievna, diary entry, on May 16th 1916.)

After short visiting Sebastopol, and attending the Black Sea Parade, IF, accompanied with servants and friends, moved to the city of Evpatoria, by the train. One of the main targets was the opening the Military Hospital of Empress Alexandra Feodorvna. Anna Vyrubova remembers that meeting in the city was the most beautiful, and all bathed in the southern Sun.

Imperial Train arrived at 10 o clock in the morning. After being wholeheartedly welcomed, the IF listened to the speech of the Governor, and then went to the Orthodox Church, where Church Service/Liturgy was served. Directly from Orthodox Temple, the IF proceeded to the Juma mosque, to be welcomed by Muslim community. Next to come, was arrival of IF to Karaite Kenasa and main Jewish synagogue in Evpatoria.

After paying tribute to three main Faiths, Empress Alexandra opened new Hospital named after her. Nicholas, Alexandra and daughters greeted soldiers and wounded people.

After official part of visit, Nicholas went with the Heir at the beach. Alexei played in warm sand, collected shells, built a tower, while Tsar kept neglecting people who followed them. Anna Vyrubova and Rita Khitrovo were presented too. Later, Tsar awarded some soldiers with medals, and Tsarina did some photos. At 6 oclock, with anthem God save the Tsar sung, Imperial Train left the Railroad Station.

Chronologically along with the Russian captions, translated :

0:05 to 0:21 It is 10 o clock. Alexei is seeking out of window, and IF is prepared to go out from the train.
0:22 to 0:42 IH leave Railroad Station
0:43 to 2:32 IH visit Orthodox Church
2:33 to 3:16 - IH visit Mosque
3:17 to 4:20 - IH visit Karaimska Kenassa
4:21 to 4:54 -Visiting Lazaret/Hospital of Empress Alexandra.
+ Nicholas reviewing army on horseback.
In the end, I used some photos taken at Evpatorias beach on the same day, we can see GD Olga with her close friend, Margarita Khitrovo, Alexei in the Black Sea, and so.

By this little tribute, I wanted to pay honor to the IF, and to their last visit to Crimea, the place they adored, where they spent some so-called, happier days, and when they were off from every days burdens. Pity that they couldn't see Livadia once more.

Notification : This is purely fan video, not ANY copyright violation intended. As well as for the music, I used an extract from Shostakovich s Concert. ALL material belong to their rightful, respected owners.

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