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Sunday, 1 April 2012
Romanov Dynasty to Be Revived Once Again in Kostroma
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Topic: 400th Anniversary

Outside the walls of the Ipataev (Hypatian) Monastery in Kostroma, actors from the local Ostrovsky Theater are organizing a historical re-enactment of the appointment of Mikhail Romanov as tsar of the Russian lands, RIA Novosti reports. This event took place 399 years ago and essentially put an end to the Time of Troubles.

The re-enactment of historical events of 1613 based on the Ipataev chronicles will be staged near the monastery’s gates. Actors will don costumes from the 17th century and will re-enact the process of inviting Mikhail Romanov to take the throne, thus launch the 303-year rule of the Romanov dynasty.

During the Time of Troubles in Russia, the Ipatiev Monastery was occupied by the supporters of False Dmitriy II in the spring of 1609. In September of that same year, the monastery was captured by the Muscovite army after a long siege. On March 14, 1613, the Zemsky Sobor announced that Mikhail Romanov, who had been in this monastery at that time, would be the Russian tsar.

The Ipatiev Monastery was disbanded after the October Revolution in 1917. It has been a part of the historical and architectural preservation, but recently the authorities decided to return it to the Russian Orthodox Church, despite strong opposition from museum officials.

The Romanov Festival is held in Kostroma every year in late February and March. “The main goals of this festival are to make currently central the abundant cultural heritage we have from the Romanov epoch, to restore the historical succession, to refer to those symbols and lessons of our past that invoked the Russians to unite to face emerging problems. For only solidarity was the salvation and the way out for our ancestors during the Time of Troubles in 1613, when they put the young Mikhail Romanov on the throne country-wide and began to regenerate the country,” the festival organizers write.

© RIA Novosti. 01 April, 2012



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 2:51 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 1 April 2012 3:01 PM EDT
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