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Romanov Extravaganza Arrives in St. Petersburg

Published: February 19, 2014 (Issue # 1798)



  • 800 man-hours were spent on expanding and augmenting the exhibition following its Moscow debut in preparation for its unveiling in St. Petersburg.
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On Feb. 16, 2014 an interactive exhibition dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the legendary Romanov dynasty opened at the LenExpo conference center. Originating in Moscow, The Romanovs. My History was seen by over 300,000 visitors, according to the organizers, when it was on view there late last year. Initiated by the Patriarchal Council for Culture and organized under the auspices of the Russian Presidential Administration and the Ministry of Culture, the exhibition employs the latest 3D technology, animated collages, lightboxes and touch-screen panels to tell the story of the countrys last royal family.

St. Petersburg is intimately connected with the history of the Romanovs, being founded as it was by Peter the Great. The family continued to have an impact on the urban fabric of the city until the revolution with Catherine the Great establishing the art collection that would become the State Hermitage Museum; the Mariinsky Theater being named after Maria Alexandrovna, the wife of Alexander II; the Admiralty being built according to the plans of Peter I; and Emperor Nicholas overseeing the construction of St. Isaacs Cathedral.

At the heart of the exhibition is a giant screen where all the rulers of the Romanov dynasty appear before the eyes of visitors. The screen is twice the size of the Thunder Stone, as the boulder that forms the base of The Bronze Horseman sculpture in Senate Square is known. The exhibition also provides visitors a unique opportunity to look through the diary of Nicholas II, a privilege previously reserved for museum workers.

Organizers claim that 800 man-hours were spent on expanding and augmenting the exhibition following its Moscow debut in preparation for its unveiling in St. Petersburg, including the addition of a multimedia performance of Pushkins poem The Bronze Horseman.

The Romanovs. My History is on view until Mar. 2 at the LenExpo congress center, 103 Bolshoi Prospekt, Vasilevsky Ostrov. The exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and admission is free. Shuttles are provided to and from the exhibition from Vasilyeostrovskaya metro station.





 


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Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at todays Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nations premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the citys elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


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