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14 Jun, 2007 11:33

Belozersk: a place to relive history

The town of Belozersk in northern Russia, which dates back to the 9th century, has witnessed some important events in history. And now its residents, proud of its past, are trying to preserve and pass on the cultural heritage.

Belozersk dates back to the 9th century but what makes this northern Russian town special is its mighty fortress. The barricade was built under the order of Grand Prince Ivan III in the 15th century to protect the town from invasion. Fortified with eight towers, it stood on a 30-metre-high mound of earth.

The town has a monument dedicated to the Battle of Kulikovo Field in 1380, which is an important event in the country’s history. It also boasts a special interactive museum, where people can discover the true life and culture of Russian warriors. 

No details are left out there and even the guides dress for the occasion. The children who come to the museum get a chance to see and touch the artifacts and even try on the historical costumes. And this experience doesn’t stop inside the museum. There is also a chance to join the warriors inside the fortress and even witness the pain and sweat of a true medieval battle.

The aim is to bring history closer to visitors, letting them experience first hand what life in Belozersk used to be like.

“Children can put on ancient armour, they can feel the weight of the chain armour, or feel the warmth of the fur. And at this point history becomes more available to them, they realise history is the life of ordinary people,” believes Igor Ruchin, director of museum.