Order of St. Alexander Nevsky

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Order of St. Alexander Nevsky
Star of the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky.jpg
Star of the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky
Awarded by the Russian Empire
Type Order
Motto "For services and Fatherland"
Established 21 May 1725
Next (higher) Order of Saint Catherine
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Ribbon of the Order
For the Soviet and Russian Republic award, see Order of Alexander Nevsky.
For the Bulgarian military honor, see Order of St Alexander.

The Imperial Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was an order of chivalry of the Russian Empire.


The introduction of the Imperial Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was planned by Emperor Peter I of Russia. It was established by Empress Catherine I of Russia on 21 May 1725 in memory of the deeds of Saint Alexander Nevsky in defending Russia against foreign invaders.[1]

The order was originally awarded to distinguished Russian citizens who had served their country with honor, mostly through political or military service.[1]

The Order was third in order of seniority behind the Order of Saint Andrew and the Order of Saint Catherine.[1]

After the 1917 Russian Revolution the order continued to be bestowed by the heads of the House of Romanov. Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia claims to be the current Grand Mistress.[2] On January 27, 2006, she bestowed the order on Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk (later Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow).[3]

In 1942, the Soviet Union revived the order as a purely military decoration, and renamed it the Order of Alexander Nevsky.



  1. ^ a b c "Order of St. Alexander Nevsky". Kaiserzeit. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "H.I.H. Grand Duchess Maria of Russia". Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Биография Святейшего Патриарха Московского и всея Руси Кирилла". Official Website of the Moscow Patriarchate. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

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