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Catherine II. The Path to the Throne

22.04.2015

On April, 28, the Excursion-Exhibition Centre “People’s House” begins showing the exhibition “Catherine II. The Path to the Throne” from the collection of the State Historical Museum.

The personality of Catherine II (nee Sophia Augusta Frederica Anhalt-Zerbst) continues to attract attention of the wide public. The thirty-four year reign of Empress Catherine II is a whole epoch in the life of Russia. This gave rise to variety of opinions and evaluation of her personality and activities.

The exhibition is devoted to the early period in the life of Catherine II in Russia: from her arrival in Russia to her accession to the throne. The exhibited objects tell about the important events in the life of the Grand Duchess Ekaterina Alexeyevna: upbringing, arrival in Russia, adoption of Orthodoxy, marriage with the heir to the throne, the palace coup and the coronation.

The visitors will be attracted by the historic documents (manifestos, Letters Patent of Empress Catherine II to Lieutenant-General Grigory Orlov for the Russian Empire rank and coat of arms, letters of Catherine II), books by Rousseau and Voltaire, silver and porcelain sets, tableware, chess and others. The exhibition displays painted portraits of the empresses – Elizaveta Petrovna and Ekaterina Alexeyevna, Emperor Pyotr Fyodorovich and Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich in their childhood, of the Empress’ favourites Grigory Orlov and Alexey Orlov. The exhibition shows coins, orders, weapon and objects of palace implements.

The residents and guests of the stanitsa are welcome to the unique exhibition   which will run until August, 9, 2015.

 

Nina Noskina