The secret of the Zakrevsky pyramid-the tomb of the Russian chief Prosecutor, who was crazy about Egypt
The mystery and hypnotic appeal of the Egyptian pyramids has always haunted lovers of mysticism and the history of ancient civilizations. Fans of Egyptian culture in many parts of the world have tried and are trying to build something similar. On Ukrainian soil, for example, the most famous “copy” of the Egyptian wonder of the world was the so-called Zakrevsky pyramid, built more than 120 years ago. You can still see this ancestral tomb.
It all started with the fact that the chief Prosecutor Ignatius Zakrevsky, who was in the service of Alexander III, at the end of the century before last, was sent as an Ambassador of the Russian Empire to Egypt. The famous Senator and rich landowner, a representative of an ancient and revered noble family, had visited different countries before, but the Egyptian culture made the strongest impression on him. He was particularly struck by the grandiose beauty of the pyramids.
After returning to his homeland, Zakrevsky took up the idea to build a mini-copy of the Egyptian pyramid on his estate in the Poltava region. In 1899, the nine-meter building was ready. It was placed over the crypt where the Senator’s ancestors were buried.
Zakrevsky died in 1906 while in Egypt (by this time he had already been released from service). His embalmed body of his daughter was taken to the Poltava region and buried in a pyramid-tomb (this was the last will of the landowner). His relatives were also later buried in it.
During the construction of the pyramid, Ignatius Zakrevsky tried to observe all the rules by which the Egyptian masterpieces were built, but this was not an exact mini-copy. The fact is that he brought something unexpected to his project. For example, the landowner painted the walls of his family tomb with quotations from the Bible on the outside and frescoes in the Egyptian style on the inside. At the entrance, he placed a statue of the goddess ISIS, brought from Egypt, which in ancient Egypt symbolized the feminine principle and was revered as the mother of the God Horus, the earthly embodiment of which was considered to be the Egyptian pharaohs, and at the same time over the entrance, on the portico, stood an Orthodox cross.
In the inside of the pyramid Zakrevsky installed a pagan altar with … a Christian Crucifix, and on top – also a cross. In other words, in his tomb, he managed to combine two completely different cultures and two religions, which some historians consider as a symbol of tolerance for any faiths.
It should be added that Egyptian Ignaty Zakrevsky, among other things, was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. This is an interesting religious symbiosis in one person.
Brickwork workers poured cement, which greatly increased their thickness. This technology was used by architects in Egypt. The brick was painted in the form of mosaic tiles. The base of the pyramid was made of hewn granite.
Instead of a tomb – a storeroom…
After the revolution, the unique tomb of the Zakrevskys (as well as the nearby Orthodox Church) was looted by the Bolsheviks, setting up a warehouse in the pyramid, and it gradually fell into a very deplorable state.
After the collapse of the USSR, the situation has not changed – at the end of the last century, garbage was simply thrown into the tomb, and, I must say, the pyramid has not been restored yet. Outside, the bricks are decently ruined in some places, and almost nothing remains of the rich and refined interior decoration.
It is believed that the pyramid was not destroyed completely by a special recipe for covering the brick with a solution that was mixed with cement with the addition of egg whites.
As for the remains of the Zakrevskys, when the Bolsheviks mocked the pyramid, they pulled them out of the tomb and desecrated them. Later, local residents buried the remains in a nearby rural cemetery.
Many residents of the local village of Berezovaya Rudka still believe that the pyramid has unique properties and fulfills wishes. They claim that if a person who is suffering from an illness goes inside, stands in the center of the pyramid and reads an Orthodox prayer, he will be cured.