Over two months, Moscow will open access to 87 historical sites and offer 226 excursions with a total duration of about 400 hours. Prominent art experts, architects, restorers, historians and local lore specialists will act as guides and experts.
The Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage’s programme includes new thematic routes in historic Moscow, walking and bike excursions, and phone- and tablet-oriented quests, to name a few.
A meeting with prominent Russian archaeologist Leonid Belyayev will take place in the Vysoko-Petrovsky Monastery at 4 pm on Friday, 5 August. This is one of the first events on the new programme that was launched in early August. An ancient necropolis and well from the 17th century were discovered on the grounds of the monastery, which is being restored. Now archaeologists will be able to understand how they were built and tell us about the life of our ancestors.
The Zimin Mansion in Degtyarny Pereulok and the Prechistenskaya Fire Department will be open to visitors this year as well.
The recently restored mansion of tobacco manufacturer Nikolai Zimin was built in 1896. It is a rare example of a wealthy mansion of the late 19th – early 20th century, with the architectural decoration of facades and elements of the interior still intact. The front enfilade is decorated with artificial marble and plasterwork. The mansion has glazed-tile stoves, mosaic floors, wooden ceilings decorated with designs and paintings on the walls. Thematic designs –Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring ‒ are located near the grand staircase.
The Prechistenskaya Fire Department was added to the tour programme at the initiative of the Emergencies Ministry Moscow office. Guests will be invited to attend a thematic exposition devoted to the history of the fire department and visit its premises.