Marking Christianization of Rus’. The Presidential Library provides a virtual tour

28 July 2021

Marking Christianization of Rus’, the Presidential Library’s portal provides a virtual tour of the exhibition Keeping Orthodox Faith: History of Church Museums. Marking the 1030th Anniversary of Christianization of Rus’, which was opened in the historic building of the Synod on Senate Square, 3.

Thanks to the exposition it is now possible to preserve unique church relics over the centuries, why it became necessary to create the first church museums, how their fate evolved in different periods of the history of our country, who stood at the origins of this large and important undertaking.

The Presidential Library’s portal features rarities from the Museum-ancient storage of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra and the sacristy of the Smolny Cathedral: objects of church life of the 18th-19th centuries, including icons made in different techniques and from different materials, details of bishop's vestments, antimensions (plates with a piece of holy relics sewn into it) of the second half of the 18th century and much more.

The history of church museums-ancient storages is told by rare archival documents, books, scientific monographs, periodicals and catalogs of church collections of the 19th century. The exposition is accompanied by unique photographs from the Presidential Library’s collections. These are the works of the photographer of the Imperial Academy of Arts and the recognized master of Russian architectural photography I. F. Barshchevsky, as well as the pioneer of Russian color photography S. M. Prokudin-Gorsky.

Virtual projects are an actively developing area of the Presidential Library's activity, thanks to which the electronic repository, along with paper, photo, audio and video materials, is replenished with exhibits from the exhibitions and items from museum collections.

Today there are more than thirty virtual tours and excursions available for remote visits. They are now available on the Presidential Library’s portal in the Exhibitions section at the link https://www.prlib.ru/about_exhibition.