30 October 2012, 21:32

Alexander Nevsky's sarcophagus to return to St. Pete monastery

Alexander Nevsky's sarcophagus to return to St. Pete monastery

The silver sarcophagus of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky will be handed over from the Hermitage Museum to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery that will celebrate its tercentennial next year, Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky announced on Tuesday.

A copy of the sarcophagus will be made for the Hermitage, and the original will return to the monastery where it rightfully belongs, he said.

In 1922, the prince’s remains were removed from the sarcophagus and sent to the St. Petersburg Museum of Religion and Atheism, and the sarcophagus itself was put on display at the Hermitage.

In 1989, the remains were solemnly returned to the monastery.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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