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The Museum-Memorial Complex in the village of Monastyrshchino

The Museum-Memorial Complex in the village of Monastyrshchino


Address:
Russian Federation. Tula Region, Kimovsk district, Monastyrshchino village
Phone:
+7 (48735)3-15-46 (Russian speaking)
+7 (4872) 36-28-34 (English speaking/ Russian speaking)
E-mail: tourism@kulpole.tula.net

Open for visitors:
Summer period (April 27- September 30):
From 10.00 am till 07.00 pm
Without day offs
Cleaning day - the last Monday of each month
Winter period (October 01 – April 26):
From 10.00 till 04.00 pm
Day of - Tuesday
Cleaning day - the last Monday of each month

   Monastyrshchino village is one of the historical places of Kulikovo Field.  According to legend, dead Russian soldiers were buried at this site. The confluence of the Nepryadva and Don Rivers is situated just 1 kilometer/0.62 mile from the complex. This place is closely connected to the battle itself. Dmitry Donskoy and his hosts camped on that spot the night before the battle. From that place they went out to the great battle.
   In the Wood of Green Oaks there is a big white cross that stands to commemorate the feat of the Ambush Regiment. Another snowy-white cross stands next to the temple as a reminder of fallen ancestors.
   The Memorial in the village of Monastyrshchino is composed of the Museum of the Battle of Kulikovo, the temple of Nativity of the Virgin Mary, the monument to Dmitry Donskoy, and the Unity and Memory Alley.
   The formation of the complex had started as far back as the 19th century with the construction of the temple of Nativity of the Virgin Mary (architect A. Bocharnikov, 1865-1884) and the building of a parochial school.  From 1977-1979 the temple was thoroughly repaired and a new art exhibit was opened during the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kulikovo.
   In 1997, the buildings of the temple and the parochial school were handed over to the State Museum-Preserve “The Kulikovo Field”. The formation of the new Museum-Memorial Complex had started; its opening took place on September 19, 2000. The exhibition “The Field of Russian Glory” was opened in the school building. The monument to Dmitry Donskoy was placed next to the museum. The same year the Unity and Memory Alley was laid to immortalize cities and people that took part in the Battle of Kulikovo.
   For several years, the State Museum-Preserve “The Kulikovo Field” was working under the creation of the new permanent exposition in the Museum Complex of Monastyrshchino village.  A lot of specialists took part in this process.  Archeologists, ethnographers, philologists, art historians, painters, reconstruction masters, restorers made a huge value of works, which helped us to create the permanently working exposition and to transform it to the Museum of the Battle of Kulikovo, corresponding to the current level of historical science and museum business.
   Nowadays, the Museum of the Battle of Kulikovo is the biggest museum devoted to medieval battle in Russia. The exposition “The Great Origin of Russia” was opened on June 11, 2005 on the eve of the 625th anniversary of the Battle of Kulikovo.   The name for the exposition is very symbolic because the Battle of Kulikovo had started the unification of Russian princedoms under the leadership of Moscow.
   Hall “Three Russian Battlefields”
   The beginning of the museum is a hall devoted to the fields of Russian Military Glory.  On Kulikovo field, the foundation of the future of Great Russia was forged, on Borodino Field the Russian Empire confirmed its right of existence, and on Prokhorovskoye field the Russian people showed a sample of their firmness and patriotism.  In the showcases you will see very symbolic monuments to one family who had members fight in all three battles. They are the sculptures of Duke Beloozero, Duke Vadbolsky, and pilot Glebov.
   “Russian Lands before the Mongolian invasion”
   This hall is devoted to the social and economical development of Russian Lands before the Mongolian invasion. Different tools and items of production, jewelry, a stove from the 18th century – all this help us to imagine the way of life of those times, to understand the development of trade as well as economic relations and the process of craft production.
“Russian Princedoms and the Golden Horde”
This hall tells about the relations of Russian Princedoms and the Golden Horde. The Golden Horde is shown as a highly developed State that is very unusual for broad masses of population.  Many articles are represented in this hall such as fragments of Mongolian mausoleum decorations, the harness of a Mongolian warrior and his horse, and many other artifacts.
   Hall “The Battle”
   The biggest hall is devoted to the Battle of Kulikovo. It shows the tactics and strategy of medieval combat. In this hall tourists can see the armor of medieval Russia as well as the Golden Horde soldiers of the 14th century. Models of the Ambush Regiment attack and the Relics of the Battle of Kulikovo that were found on the battle place can also be seen. Also, the museum shows a film about the battle that can help visitors understand the course of the event more clearly.