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Jean Balthazar de la Travers. View of the estate Petrovsko-Razumovskoe. 1790s

Participants in the online quiz will learn about the history of the area and the agricultural academy, as well as learn local legends.

A new quest has appeared on the “Know Moscow” portal – “Timiryazevka. Echo of an old manor “… Participants of the online quiz will be able to learn the legends of the Timiryazevsky district, facts about the oldest agricultural academy, and get acquainted with the history of the creation of some literary and musical works.

“The online quest on the Discover Moscow portal will guide users through the back streets of the old agricultural academy, introduce interesting people who once lived or have been on the territory of the modern Timiryazevsky district, tell urban legends and secrets associated with the area. Participants of the virtual game will be able to share their results in social networks, ”said Sergey Shakryl, curator of IT projects in the field of culture and business

Moscow Department of Information Technologies.

The quest begins with questions about the name of the estate that once existed here. The settlement of these lands began in 1584 from the village of Semchina, which belonged to Prince Ivan Shuisky. Then this area was owned by the Naryshkins, who renamed the estate. The name has become stronger, and nowadays it bears, for example, the metro station located on the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya and Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya lines.

One of the questions will take the participants of the quest to the middle of the 19th century: then the Petrovskaya Agricultural and Forestry Academy was opened (now it is the Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Agricultural Academy named after K.A.Timiryazev). On October 27, 1865, the charter of the educational institution was published. It stated that the creation of the academy was necessary “to disseminate information on agriculture and forestry.” The participants of the game will have to remember what event served as a prerequisite for the opening of an educational institution.

Music was one of the hobbies of the students and professors of the Academy. The motive of the song, to which the question of the quest is dedicated, was created in 1905 by the Russian biologist, agronomist, amateur musician and graduate of the Timiryazev Academy Leonid Bekman. For the first time, the scientist performed the work of his eldest daughter Vera, but since he did not know musical notation, his wife, a pianist by profession, had to record the future hit. According to the results of a sociological study carried out in 2015 by the Russian Reporter magazine, the text of the song took the 29th place in the top 100 most popular verse lines in Russia.

One of the oldest research and educational institutions in the field of forestry is located on the territory of the Timiryazevsky district. It was organized three years before the opening of the Petrovskaya Agricultural and Forestry Academy. In 1862, the future first director of the academy, Professor Nikolai Zheleznov, invited the well-known forest scientist, lieutenant colonel of the foresters’ corps, Alphonse Vargas de Bedemar, to arrange a territory that was supposed to serve as a training ground for students and conduct experimental work. A Dane by nationality, a descendant of an old aristocratic Spanish family came to Russia and stayed here forever. The participants in the quest will find out what the name of the area they have provided is.

From the online quiz it will be possible to find out which architect the building of the academy was built by, which work of Fyodor Dostoevsky reflected the story of a murder committed in an educational institution, which exotic product was grown by one of the dacha owners, which cooperative village was built specifically for the professors of the Academy in 1926 and other interesting facts.

“Get to know Moscow” – a joint project of the metropolitan departments of information technology, culture, cultural heritage, education and science. An interactive guide to city attractions contains descriptions of more than two thousand buildings and structures, 653 monuments, 324 museums, 363 places (streets, parks, boulevards), information about 266 historical figures, 136 routes, 69 quests.

On the “Know Moscow” portal, you can also go through quests dedicated to unofficial art of the USSR and the Moscow district of Belyaevo, Moscow Konstantin Paustovsky, history of VDNKh…

The Get to Know Moscow mobile application is available in Russian and English for devices with Android and iOS operating systems.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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