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The Sacristy
  • “The Sacristy of the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra of the 14th – 19th cc.” (icons, manuscripts, icon-embroidery , church utensils)
  • Expositions:

    Konny Dvor
  • The Ancient Past of the Sergiev Posad Land (archeology)
  • The Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra: architectural ensemble, pages of history (the 14th – 18th cc.)
  • Russian Applied and Decorative Art of the 18th – 21st c. (open funds)
  • The World of a Russian Village (Russian folk art in people’s life)
  • Exhibitions

  • Museum of Russian Matryoshka

  • The Main Building

    Local History Department Exhibitions:
  • At the Trinity in Sergiev Posad
    (the illustration of the city's life)
  • Between the Revolution and War (1917 – 1941)

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    Rus Eng

    The Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra: Architectural Ensemble,
    Pages of History (14th – 18th cc.) (page 2)

    Unknown painter. Portrait of Ivan the Terrible. 18th century In the 16th century, the Monastery became an important economic and political center. Ivan the Terrible often came here. The Museum presents his portrait, painted in the 18th century according to the chronicle description of the appearance of Ioann Vasilyevich, a tyrant tsar who had “ a incurved nose, fiery eyes and a wild temper”.

    Forged safe chest from Western Europe. 18th – 19th century Items of foreign origin demonstrate developed trade relations of the Monastery. The forged safe chest, displayed in the third hall, was brought from Western Europe. It has two locks (a secret functional lock and an external decoration). The safe chest was used to keep money and documents.

    Items from Godunovs’ family vault: tsarevich Feodor’s shirt, tsarina Maria’s bonnet and tsarevna Xenia’s shoe The model and graphic reconstructions in the second hall illustrate the development of the Monastery ensemble in the 16th – 17th century and the construction of a formidable fortress. The Monastery received donations for the right to be buried on the Monastery ground. At the time of troubles in the early 17th century, Tsar Boris Godunov was buried here together with the members of his family. The archeological works revealed their belongings – a leather shoe of Tsarina Xenia, an extremely shabby bonnet of Tsarina Maria and a fragment of a silk shirt of Tsarevich Feodor. These items could be displayed only after delicate restoration accomplished by M.P. Ryabova.

    4.	Arms and armor of the 17th century Various exhibits: documents, portraits, paintings and drawings illustrating different episodes of “the Trinity defense”, demonstrate heroism of the Monastery defenders during the siege of Polish and Lithuanian invaders in 1608 – 1610. There are also interesting types of cold arms: pricking and cutting arms (poleaxes, axes, broadswords), striking weapons (bludgeons), defensive armor (cuirasses, chain mail, helmets), catapulting thorns known as “the Trinity garlic”. The Monastery withstood the siege that lasted 16 months thanks to its brave defenders and set an example of courage for the whole Moscow state.

    Icon. “The Monastery of St. Sergius of Radonezh”. Copy of the 17th century icon When the siege was released, generous donations permitted to reconstruct and to glorify the Monastery quickly. The Monastery of the mid-17th century was depicted in a rare icon painted at that time. Apart from the cathedrals and churches, tsar palace and tsarina chambers, monk cells and fortification the icon reflected the ice houses, gardens, wells, cellars, kitchen and armory chambers proving a good organization of the Monastery economy.

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