Volunteers of the project «Holy Russia Pearl Necklace» saw unknown Smolensk

Smolensk city hall came by Mikhail Bulgakov, a deer in Blonie monument hunting trophies, Peter's mother Natalya Kirillovna Naryshkina never been to Holy ascension monastery... Students of urban high schools – volunteers of the youth cultural-educational project "Pearl necklace of Holy Russia" saw Smolensk from an unfamiliar perspective, and learned little-known facts about the history of his native city.

on February 28, 2018, the excursion For young people was conducted by the teacher of Smolensk state University, candidate of historical Sciences Demyan Valuev. The children were accompanied by the project Manager, rector of the Church of the Holy new Martyrs and Confessors of the Church of the Russian Archpriest Valery Ryabokon.

the Walking tour began with a walk on the resurrection mountain, where the Spaso-Voznesensky convent and the Church of the Resurrection of Christ (slovuschego) are located. Another attraction of this place is an abandoned house – commune, the first high-rise building of Smolensk, a monument of the Soviet era.

the tour participants walked along Kozlov street to the memorial at the site of the death of 1500 Soviet prisoners of war. This place is also one of the viewing platforms of Smolensk, with a beautiful view of the assumption Cathedral and the street of the Paris commune (former Reznitskaya).

Next Hiking trail that ran through the Central square of Smolensk, Blonia square, past city hall, the former provincial authorities, the monument to Fyodor Kon.

the Sights of the old town, seemingly well-known to every smolyanin, appeared in the story of the historian and local historian from an unexpected side. Demyan V. denied some of the facts that seem well-known. For example, there is no historical evidence that the mother of the future Russian Emperor was brought up in the ascension monastery, but rather it is a legend. The tour participants were impressed by the story that the steps of the current Smolensk city hall once rose Zemsky doctor, author of the "Master and Margarita" Mikhail Bulgakov. Aroused great interest memories Demian V. about how it looked overgrown dark legends house-a commune in the period when there still lived people.

a walk around Smolensk with a historian and local historian has become a master class for students who will also conduct excursions for their peers from other regions of Russia and Belarus within the framework of the project, implemented with the support of the presidential grants Fund.

Work on the project aimed at expanding cooperation between the dioceses of The Russian and Belarusian Orthodox Churches, universities of the border regions of Russia and the Republic of Belarus through the development of youth tourism began at the end of last year. Since January 2019, the guys under the supervision of the curators have started to implement the practical part of the project. A tourist case of Smolensk was developed, which includes a "business card", descriptions and photos of the shrines and the main attractions of the city. This is the first of six cases of cities included in the"Pearl necklace". Among them, except Smolensk — Pskov, Novgorod, Mogilev, Vitebsk, Polotsk.

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