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History of the Architecture of Russian Cities

On May 28-29, 2022, a field implementation of the additional education program “History of the Architecture of Russian Cities. Alexandrov, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov Veliky”, gathered a lot of people wishing to travel the same route and get in touch with the great art. It should be noted that the implementation of the program is much broader than its name. In addition to the indicated cities in the title of the program, a group of students also visited the Holy Trinity Sergius Lavra in the city of Sergiev Posad, where they got acquainted with the work of ancient architects and great iconographers of different eras, where they could see the highest bell tower in Russia – 88 meters high. This year, in addition to the indicated places, our travelers managed to visit the Uglich hydroelectric power station, the ancient city of Uglich, associated with the mysterious murder of the last representative of the Rurik family, the son of Ivan the Terrible, Tsarevich Dimitri.

History of the Architecture of Russian CitiesHistory of the Architecture of Russian Cities

The main places that were supposed to be visited during the educational trip are Alexandrov, Pereslavl-Zalessky and Rostov the Great. All these cities are included in the "Golden Ring of Russia" and arise elevated interest both for researchers of the history of Russia and for specialists studying Russian architecture. Of great importance for all stakeholders is the Alexander Kremlin or Alexander Sloboda. Within these walls Ivan the Terrible ruled the principality of Moscow and all of Russia for 17 years, here he proclaimed the introduction of the oprichnina.

Cathedrals and ancient temples of Pereslavl-Zalessky are the cultural and artistic heritage of all our people. In this city, the holy noble prince Alexander Nevsky, the hero and defender of Russia from the Swedish and German invaders, was born. It was here, on the waters of Lake Pleshcheyevo, that the future emperor Peter the Great built his first fleet, whose boat reminds us of that heroic era. Rostov Veliky will always be the focus of the history and architecture of ancient Russia.

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The Rostov Kremlin is a true pearl of Russia. In addition to these significant places, a group of students and teachers visited the ancient Varnitsky Trinity-Sergius Monastery, built in the town of Varnitsa, where the great Russian saint, St. Sergius of Radonezh, was born. During the tour, students were also able to observe the Kalyazinsky bell tower. This bell tower was part of the architectural ensemble of the St. Nicholas Cathedral of the former Nikolo-Zhabensky Monastery. According to the Volgostroy project, which began in the 1920s, the old part of Kalyazin was subject to flooding. All ancient temples and the cathedral were flooded. From now on, one bell tower rises lonely above the water.

The Center for Additional Education of the Academy of Engineering of RUDN University invites everyone to join our friendly pedagogical and student’s family to enroll in the program “History of Architecture of Russian Cities. Alexandrov, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov to get to know our great cultural heritage face to face.

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