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Free live meetings will be hosted by historians and guides. They can be visited from January 11 to March 29.

Where did the heroes of the war of 1812 live, what elements of Egyptian architecture can be seen at metro stations in the capital, and where is the archaeological site of the Stone Age located? These and other questions will be answered by guides and historians of the Moscow House of Nationalities. From January 11 to March 29, 2021, specialists will conduct three cycles of free interactive online lectures. They will be dedicated to the military glory of Russia, the architecture of Moscow, as well as the archaeological heritage of our country. Lecturers will also show rare photographs and archival documents.

Each cycle consists of 11 virtual lectures. All of them will be streamed live on the Zoom online platform. Participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions during the broadcast. Up to 100 people can take part in one event. Pre-registration is required. Each meeting will last approximately two hours.

The cycle of lectures “Archeology for All or the Heritage of the Peoples of Russia” will be held from January 11 to March 29. Historian Natalia Zubkova will talk about the importance of archaeological finds. Thus, listeners will learn about the unique monument of the Stone Age – the parking lots, which are located near the village of Kostenki, Voronezh Region. Thanks to them, scientists received more information about the art of that time, about how people built their homes, and many other interesting facts.

Also, the lectures will focus on artifacts of the Bronze Age, finds of the ancient period in the south of our country, monuments of the Pazyryk archaeological culture in Altai. A separate lecture will be devoted to Moscow archeology. They will talk about the findings of recent years. So, we will talk about a treasure with Arab silver coins – dirhams. The lecturer will explain how the treasure could end up on the territory of the modern capital. Also at the meeting it will be possible to find out where the preserved fragment of the Kitaygorodskaya wall is located and in which museums in Moscow one can get acquainted with the archaeological heritage of the capital.

Those who are interested in the military history of our country are invited to attend the lecture cycle “Military Glory of Multinational Russia”. They will be held from January 15 to March 26. Historian Sergei Kleinshmidt will tell how the formation of military affairs among different peoples inhabiting our country in the XII-XVI centuries took place, he will touch upon the construction of fortresses in Russia in the IX-XVII centuries. It will be about the protective structures in Pskov, the Trinity-Sergius Lavra and Smolensk.

Several lectures will be devoted to the events of the Patriotic War of 1812. The lecturer will explain the role played by the personal motives and ambitions of Napoleon and Alexander I in this confrontation, talk about the Tarutino maneuver by Mikhail Kutuzov, which turned the tide of the war in favor of the Russian army. In addition, the participants in the lecture will “walk” through the Moscow addresses of the heroes of 1812. They will see the houses and streets where Alexey Ermolov, Denis Davydov and Mikhail Vorontsov lived and visited.

They will also tell about the Great Patriotic War at lectures. The audience will learn what the capital was like in 1941-1945, how Muscovites defended themselves from air raids. Sergey Kleinshmidt will also talk about little-known details of the feat of the Panfilovites near Moscow. He will devote a separate lecture to Marshal Konstantin Rokossovsky.

It will be possible to take an architectural tour of the capital from January 14 to March 25. The tour guide Natalya Nikulina will conduct a cycle of virtual meetings “Nine Centuries of Moscow Architecture: Comparison of European and Moscow Architecture”. It will show how the traditions of architecture of different countries and peoples have been reflected in the structures and buildings of Moscow for several centuries.

The participants of the lecture will see the details of Egyptian architecture in the decoration of the metro stations “Kropotkinskaya” and “Airport”, elements of the neo-Greek style in the appearance of the building of the State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin and Byzantine motives in the decoration of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The lecturer will also tell you where in Moscow you can find samples of the Italian neo-Renaissance, Stalinist Empire style and Soviet modernism. At the final lecture, the audience will get acquainted with modern world and Moscow architecture, the largest architects who create the image of today’s capital.

The schedule of all 33 online lectures, as well as registration links, can be found on the website Moscow House of Nationalities.

Cultural life in the capital continues despite the coronavirus pandemic. The most popular are lectures, excursions, performances, master classes and creative meetings held online.

Parks, libraries, cultural centers and museums and other institutions regularly offer their programs of events to townspeople.

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