Around 2,000 people, most of them football fans, visited the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs in Ganina Yama during the group stage of the FIFA World Cup RussiaTM in Ekaterinburg, Bishop Yevgeny of Nizhny Tagil and Nevyansk said at the City Press Center.
He said a tourist route comprising 12 landmarks had been prepared for the World Cup. The most popular of them are the Church on Blood in Honor of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land and the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs in Ganina Yama.
"The members of the national teams who visited the monastery were keen to learn about its history and how things are today. The visit left them greatly impressed. I am sure that they will only take pleasant recollections back home with them," the bishop recalled.
Archpriest Maxim Minyailo, the senior cleric of the Church on Blood, said Japan's Princess Takamado was impressed by the church.
"This member of the Japanese royal dynasty spent 40 minutes more in the church than was stipulated by the protocol. She asked many questions. Another special guest was the Ambassador of Mexico," Minyailo said.