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Muscovy Through The Eyes of Adam Olearius

Exposition about the life and customs of 17th century Moscow




from  5 March , Tue,  Wed,  Thu,  Fri,  Sat,  Sun , 10:00 from



This exhibition is dedicated to Adam Olearius' book, Description of Travels in Muscovy, Tartary and Persia..., which became one of the foremost sources on Russia's historic development in the 17th century. Historian and essayist Nikolay Kostomarov described Olearius' work as a "first-class reference for comprehending the lives of the nation of Muscovy and its people".

A major share of Olearius' narrative is dedicated to descriptions of Moscow and the Kremlin, religious celebrations and ceremonies, and the personalities and habits of people from different social groups during the reign of Michael I of Russia (Mikhail Fyodorovich Romanov). Description of Travels in Muscovy, Tartary and Persia... was first published in Schleswig, Germany, in 1647 and got subsequently translated into multiple European languages.

The exposition is housed in Tsarevich Chambers and includes etching reproductions, quotes from Olearius' books, and museum exhibits from the 17th and 18th century. The ticket also includes admission to the men's and women's chambers of Tsar Alexis' palace.

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