Kremlin Treasures on Display
at Prague Castle

The Czars’ Court at the Time of the Romanovs will be open to the public until March 4, 2012

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A mini-version of Moscow Kremlin’s Armoury Chamber is opening in the Prague Castle. It is an exhibition called The Czars’ Court at the Time of the Romanovs, which showcases the treasures of the Russian imperial dynasty. The exhibition will be in Prague from the 10th of December 2011 to the 4th of March 2012. The opening of the exhibition will take place during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the Czech Republic which started on the 7th of December.

The Armoury Chamber in the Moscow Kremlin is a world-famous collection of Russian czars’ treasures. Some very valuable items, that are on permanent display, now have been sent to Prague, curator of the exhibition Yelena Morshakova says:

“We meant to show the splendour of the 17th century Russian royal court, which delighted all contemporaries. We know from books that the magnificence and luxury of the royal court boggled the minds of all who saw it. We would like to portray the ceremonies, customs and traditions, which existed in the czar’s court at that time. The pride of place is occupied by Russian state regalia. As a rule, we do not take these items abroad, but because the exhibition coincides with the presidential visit we thought it possible to show several exhibits associated with the name of the first Romanov - Mikhail. Visitors of the exhibition will be able to see the czar’s sceptre, truncheon and gold chain. These regalia were used starting with the middle of the 16th century. Amid these regalia, one thing has a great historic significance. It is the pectoral cross with which Mikhail Romanov’s father, future Patriarch Filaret, the head of the Russian Church, blessed his son when he was elected to ascend the Russian throne in 1613.”

Visitors of the exhibition in Prague will also see paintings and icons, that used to decorate the stately rooms and private chambers of Russian czars, as well as clothes that they wore for official ceremonies and at home. Valuable weapons and armour, gold and silver goblets and dishes, gorgeous carpets and carved wooden tables and chairs are also showcased at the exhibition. Visitors will even be able to see the toys that belonged to royal babies: the silver rattle and horn, for example, are leaving Russia for the first time. It became possible to take these valuable rarities to Prague only because Russian-Czech relations are developing successfully, Russian Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeyev stresses:

“I must say that the exhibition was preceded by some important judicial actions of the Czech parliament, - the minister says. – As is known, Russia organizes such exhibitions only when there is a full guarantee of the exhibits’ return to Russia. The Czech legislative system did not stipulate this, but the Czech parliament, complying with the wishes of that country’s leadership and of the Moscow Kremlin, adopted a special legislative act which guarantees the absolute inviolability of all the exhibits.”

Besides participating in the opening ceremony of the exhibition in Prague, Alexander Avdeyev is planning to sign a programme of Russian-Czech cultural cooperation for 2012-2014. It includes a lot of projects in the fields of education, concert and theatre exchange and film festivals. “We will also think about a similar Czech exhibition in Moscow,” Alexander Avdeyev added.

Source & Copyright: The Voice of Russia
8 December, 2011