Dolgorouky Tomb in Zimbabwe
This sculpture is sheltered by an Onion-Dome canopy, which alludes to its aristocratic Russian occupants. Spending eternity in the tomb are, according to the inscription, Princess Zenai'de Dolgorouky, born Viscountess Chatiloff (1817-1883), and Princesse Wera Dolgorouky Lobanoff de RostofF (died 1919). Both were members of the Dolgorouki family, who, along with the Romanoffs, possessed tremendous power and wealth until the Revolution. Today, there are those who claim to be Russian Princess and Prince Romanov-Dolgorouki, but the French and Belgian branches of the Dolgorouki family say that the Russian side of the family tree ended when Nicolas Dolgorouki was executed by the Communists in Kiev on January 26, 1918.
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Also sharing space in the tomb is Amedee Dailly, who was mayor from 1855 to 1871 of Viroflay, a small town just east of Versailles. It is unclear why he is spending eternity with the two princesses except his epitaph lists him as a benefactor of mankinds After 2000, the marble statues were restored and thick plate-glass walls were installed. Note: the name on the tomb, Dolgorouky, differs from the commonly used family name. Dolgorouki. Top photo courtesy of Marie Beleyme.
Paul Dubois was born in Nogent-sur-Seine southeast of Paris. Although he studied law, his true love was art. He studied briefly at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, then went on to spend 4 years in Rome studying independently. As a sculptor, he started with busts around 1860 and then moved on to larger statues, while continuing to do busts. His largest and most notable sculptural work was the cenotaph tomb of General Lamoriciere in the Cathedral of Nantes about 250 miles southwest of Paris. Dubois was also an accomplished painter, and for the last 25 years of his life, he devoted himself mostly to painting. He received a number of awards for his work, including two medals of honor (1865 and 1876) at the Paris salon. His canopy-like tomb shelters a bronze life-size statue of his mother, who died in 1834 at age 26.
Seneca Known as the Keepers of the Western Door, the Seneca Nation of Indians was the most numerous tribe in the Iroquois Confederacy during the colonial period. Zimbabwe Map Tourist Attractions One of the original Five Nations, the Seneca played a vital role both in the protection of the Confederacy from outsiders, as well as in controlling the lucrative fur trade between the French and English traders during the colonial period. Estimates of the Seneca population vary widely. Some historians put the figure at around a couple of thousand in the late 1600s, while others say it was closer to 5,000. Almost all agree, however, that it fell dramatically in subsequent decades, to anywhere between 600 and 2,000 by the end of the Country Revolution. A complex set of factors contributed to this loss in numbers, including but not limited to disease, warfare, and economic strains caused by fluctuations in the fur trade. Although the Seneca had the largest population of all the Iroquois, they had the fewest number of council chiefs (known as sachems). Yet no one tribe dominated the council, as council chiefs had to vote as a unanimous group in order to be heard. As the Keepers of the Western Door, two of the Seneca sachems were responsible for alerting the Confederacy to possible threats from neighboring tribes, as well as informing the council as to the status of the several tributary tribes of the Iroquois.