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“Rostov is a Merchant City”

08.04.2013

On April, 22, 2013, our Museum plays host to an exhibition “Rostov is a Merchant City” from the Rostov Regional Local Lore Museum.

The name of the exhibition speaks for itself. It will tell us about a particular role of Rostov-on-Don in politics and economy of the south of Russia, about the history of the city, which can be divided into three periods: from foundation of Temernitskaya customs to the construction of the fortress of Saint Dmitry Rostovsky; the existence of the fortress and formation of suburbs around it; the existence of the city proper.

Before the beginning of the XX century, Rostov-on-Don was among the 10 most economically developed and comfortable cities of the Russian Empire. The writer G.P.Danilevsky wrote about Rostov of that time: “Barges and barks sailed by the huge flood of the Don; wood floated in rafts. Steamboats used to go to Azov and backwards… The busy people moved through the streets as if hurrying   somewhere. A smell of fragrant Turkish tobacco was felt everywhere… The source of the city was still quiet. Further on, towards the city squares, a passerby could constantly hear voices in different languages: the words were Italian, Greek, French, Tatar and Ukrainian…”

At the exhibition the visitors can view unique photos of the old Rostov, documents, household items of merchant families.

 

Irina Koveshnikova