After the ‘Travels of the Ambassadors to the Great Duchy of Muscovy,

Tartary and Persia…’ by Adam Olearius

Open till 10 September, 2017

Gallery in front of the Tsareviches’ Tower, Palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, Kolomenskoye

A bright ‘report’ from the streets of Medieval Russia, than little known to Western Europe, made by a quick-eyed German traveller and diplomat


At the gallery near the Tsareviches’ Tower you will see a rare 1727 edition of the ‘Travels of the Ambassadors to the Great Duchy of Muscovy, Tartary and Persia…’ book by the German traveller Adam Olearius from the Museum-Reserve collection.

During his travel to Russia in mid-XVII century with the Holstein Embassy, the professor and diplomat Adam Olearius went into detail writing down his impressions and accompanying them with numerous sketches of everything he saw. The book that was thus created was initially published in Schleswig in 1647 and consequently saw light in many languages. Its numerous engravings are kind of a photo report from the streets of medieval Moscow, while the text has a great value both as a historical and cultural work as well as a wonderful example of Baroque literature.

The engravings have been reproduced and accompanied with quotes from the book to speak firsthand of the Old Russian wedding and christening rites, funeral, every-day dress of the common citizens, attire of the newlyweds and vestments of the clergy, popular festivities and entertainments.

Age category: 6+

Exhibition opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday – from 10.00 to 18.00, Saturday – from 11.00 to 19.00, closed on Mondays.

The exhibition works as part of the permanent exposition ‘Palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich. Artistic and Historical Reconstruction’ and is available with additional free tickets.

Kashirskaya subway station

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