Exhibition

The Legend of the Town of Sviyazhsk

Engineering Building, Lavrushinsky Lane, 12, 2nd floor
february 21 may 20








The exhibition was conceived as an exciting journey into the reign of Ivan the Terrible, when a new town was founded in 1550 not far from Kazan, at the mouth of the Sviyaga River.

The exhibition will have 16th-century manuscripts and icons on display, which tell a story about a military expedition, the town’s foundation, decorations of its monasteries and cathedrals, and first saints of the land that distinguished themselves and rose to fame. For the first time will Moscow see icons of the two unique Sviyazhsk iconostases — from the wooden Trinity Church and the stone Assumption Cathedral. They have no matches in terms of completeness and composition.

Patrons of the exhibition will also be able to see rare pieces of 16th-century pictorial embroidery from the National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan. Those liturgical artifacts were donated by Russian voivodes and priests to cathedrals and monasteries of Kazan and Sviyazhsk. One of them, an altar cloth with an image of Our Lady of Kazan, is the oldest representation of the famous miracle-working icon that survived until today.

The exhibition will include about 100 items from the collections of the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan and the National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan, Museums of the Moscow Kremlin, State Historical Museum, Murom History and Art Museum, Zvenigorod History, Architecture and Art Museum, Yaroslavl State History, Architecture and Art Museum and Reserve, Russian State Library, and Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The exhibition is organized within the framework of a long-term cooperation with the Republic of Tatarstan.

Exhibition materials:
Сказание о граде Свияжске

Exhibition program

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