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Archive documents and unique photographs: the Presidential Library’s virtual tour spotlights the history of Leningrad Region

1 August 2020

August 1 marks 93 years since the foundation of Leningrad Region. The Presidential Library’s portal provides a virtual tour around the exhibition dedicated to the history of not only the 47th region, but also the neighboring Vologda Region. The exposition “North-West of Russia: Two regions - One History. Marking the 90th anniversary of Leningrad Region and the 80th anniversary of the Vologda Region” was opened in a building on Senate Square, 3 in the anniversary year for both subjects of the Russian Federation.

Thanks to the virtual tour, one can find out how the territories of modern Vologda and Leningrad Regions were developed from the past to the present day. Among the exhibits are, in particular, copies of unique archive documents, for example, a letter from Catherine II to the Vologda Bishop Irenaeus about the opening of the provincial government in the Vologda governorship.

The interactive exhibition features photo albums dedicated to famous architectural monuments of two regions: the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, the fortress in Staraya Ladoga and others, as well as individual photographs from the famous first color photographs of S. M. Prokudin-Gorsky, taken at the beginning of the 20th century before the works of modern authors.

The exhibition “North-West of Russia: Two regions - One History. Marking the 90th anniversary of Leningrad Region and the 80th anniversary of the Vologda Region” has become another exposition that has moved from real space to digital. The Presidential Library’s portal provides virtual tours of exhibitions of various subjects such as "Monuments of Book Culture: from Print to Digital", "Keeping Orthodox Faith: the History of Church Museums. Marking the 1030th Anniversary of Christianization of Rus’”, “Expanding the World within the Globe”: Marking the 200th Anniversary of the Discovery of Antarctica by the Expedition of F. Bellingshausen and M. Lazarev”, “Journey from Petrograd to Moscow. 1918: Marking the 100th anniversary of the Relocation of the Soviet Government and the Capital to Moscow", "More than Just a Game: Marking FIFA World Cup in Russia" and others.

Thanks to the institution’s portal one can take an excursion around the historical building of the Synod, which today houses the Presidential Library, remotely visit the legendary cruiser “Aurora”, the State Memorial Museum of Defence and Siege of Leningrad, the museum “Kobona: The Road of Life”, the Museum “And the Muses Were Not Silent...”, and even visit the House-Museum of the famous writer and journalist in Crimea Yulian Semyonov.