Peter the Great's "Primary Palace" to be restored in St. Petersburg
Peter the Great's "Primary Palace" to be restored in St. Petersburg
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In St. Petersburg, the restoration of one of the main historical sights of the northern capital has begun - the restoration of the House of Peter I. According to experts, it will take at least 2 years. Funding comes from the federal budget. Vladimir Gusev, director of the Russian Museum, shared this information during the presentation to the media of the restored halls of the Mikhailovsky Palace. It is worth clarifying that this restoration was carried out on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.

In his short interview, Gusev clarified: “The restoration of the House of Peter I is another presidential order. This is a very expensive project, but we are ready to cope with it in 2 years. Let's start as soon as funding starts. Currently, the historical fence has already been restored - and this is about 500 meters."

Deputy Minister of Culture of Russia Alla Manilova, during a visit to the Russian Museum after the restoration, said that the preparation of estimate and design documentation for the House of Peter I. As soon as the documentation is ready, funding will come and work will begin.

The house of Peter I appeared in St. Petersburg just 3 days after its foundation - in May 1703. This building, built like a Russian hut, was called the "Primordial Palace". Peter's house is built of logs and painted to look like bricks. It has wide windows cut through, as was done in Holland. The restoration of windows was carried out by a company that can perform the installation of high-quality windows and glazing of a balcony in St. Petersburg under the most difficult tasks and criteria. The "Primordial Palace" of the first Russian emperor has a study, a bedroom and a dining room. Here Peter I lived for 5 years, while the Summer Palace was being erected on the opposite bank of the Neva.

In 1844, it was decided to protect the wooden building, and a brick case was built around it. A few years later, the adjacent area was surrounded by openwork lattices of cast iron, and a small garden was laid out inside, where you can still see a bust of Peter I made of bronze. In 1930, Peter's House received the status of a museum, and in 2004 it became part of the State Russian Museum.

In 2022, Russia will celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter I, and the Russian Museum is seriously preparing for this event. A large program is envisaged. According to the director of the museum, the museum exhibits are very much connected with Peter. In particular, sculptures that have recently been restored, saving them from inevitable death in an aggressive climate. The unexpected project “Peter the Great's Dubrava” is also being prepared for launch. Not far from the Summer Palace, there is an oak tree that is 20 years older than Peter the Great. The workers of the Russian Museum collect and germinate acorns from this oak, and then transplant 3-year-old sprouts in various cities of the Russian Federation.

Historical sculptures of the Summer Garden will be exhibited in the halls of the Mikhailovsky Palace. They moved from the open space to the halls of the museum to stop the destruction of marble. The garden is currently equipped with replicas made from modern eco-friendly materials.

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