Ekaterinburg, June 25, 2018
Hisako, Princess Takamado of Japan visited the Church on the Blood on Saturday, built on the site of the former Ipatiev House, where the last imperial family of Russia was brutally executed. She also visited the “Royal” Spiritual-Educational Center.
“This is a special place,” the princess reflected, reports the site of the Ekaterinburg Diocese.
Born Hisako Tottori, she became a princess when she married Norihito, Prince Takamado on December 6, 1984. The prince died in 2002. They had three children together.
The princess arrived in the Ural capital on Friday, and attended a Japan-Senegal soccer match on Sunday. On Saturday, Her Highness was given a tour of the church, where she was told the story of the Royal Family and their stay in the Urals in the last days of their lives. She was also shown the “Royal Room”—the renovated altar in honor of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and the servants murdered with them 100 years ago in July.
After visiting the Church on the Blood gallery dedicated to the Royal Martyrs and the Alapaevsk Martyrs St. Elizabeth Feodorovna and the holy Nun Barbara, Her Highness visited the upper church in honor of All Saints Who Have Shone Forth in the Russian Land. The princess was visibly delighted by the church décor, and took many pictures of the vault and frescoes depicting scenes from the life of the holy Royal Martyrs.
Princess Takamado also visited the “Royal” Center and other churches and exhibitions. She left a note in the visitor’s book giving thanks for the inspiring journey through Russian history and noting the great importance of the Ural shrines for the preservation of heritage.
Thanking the representatives of the Ekaterinburg Diocese who showed her the churches and exhibitions for the warm welcome, the Japanese princess said with a special warmth, in Russian, “This is a special place.”
Thousands of foreign visitors have been visiting the Ural sites associated with the Royal Family during the FIFA World Cup, which is currently underway in various Russian cities.
Tsar Nicholas II visited Japan in 1891, while still the tsarevich, where he was the victim of a failed assassination attempt.
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