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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.
    Photo: VKontakte

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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Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although the Peter and Paul Fortress sand sculptures are more central and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today. The World Collection of Sand Sculptures that have been on display at the park reaches its final day, so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


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Tuesday, Sept. 9


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Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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