The Hunting Hall, Yusupov Palace, Moscow (Photo: yusupovpalace.ru)
Days of historical and cultural heritage are again underway in the capital. On May 18 a campaign aimed at promoting culture opened the doors of various cultural establishments for wide audiences.
The annual initiative is being held for the 11th time. The first day of historical and cultural heritage this year took place last month on April 18.
And this Wednesday some 344 museums and other establishments offering loads of interesting things to see, including the capital’s Mayoralty and buildings of foreign embassies are working free of charge all day long.
Several new places have opened their doors to the city’s residents for the first time. Among them the building of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry right next to Red Square, the 19th-century city manor in Lusinovskaya Street, hotel "Leningradskaya" in Kalanchevskaya Street and the Moscow palace of a noble Russian family, the Yusupovs, who are widely known for their immense wealth and philanthropy and Felix Yusupov's participation in the murder of Grigorii Rasputin.
The experiment of April 18 revealed great interest in embassy buildings among Muscovites. Access to them is usually strictly limited. To finally get to see the interiors of the intriguing buildings one should have to put in some effort. The rules require your name put on the list long beforehand to permit you join an excursion group of 20 people.
The embassies of Austria, Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Cyprus, the embassy-residence of Belgium and several others joined the initiative this time.
The department of cultural heritage of Moscow plans to hold similar actions in the city every month, meeting the increasing interest of city-dwellers.
© Russia Today. 23 May, 2011