In St. Petersburg, on April 3, an exhibition was opened at the Russian State Historical Archive, which presents photographs, or rather old photographs of Russian cities. These are photographs that were taken in the 19th century by Turkish photographers. The press service of the St. Petersburg city committee responsible for culture told the news outlets about this event. The exhibition will run for three weeks.
This exhibition is held within the framework of the Year of Tourism and Culture of Turkey and Russia. The ministries of culture and foreign affairs of these two countries took part in its preparation. This exhibition is the first event that opened an international festival called "St. Petersburg - Turkey". The program of this festival is designed for a whole year.
The St. Petersburg Committee of Culture said that the Ambassador Hotel and the St. Petersburg Society of Cultural and Scientific Relations with Turkey took part in the development of the program of this festival. During the festival, a large number of different events will be held, which should contribute to the development of cooperation between Turkey and the Russian Federation in issues related to tourism and culture.
It was decided to start such a festival with an exhibition of photographs, which opened under the title "Imperial Russia in the Photo Collection of Sultan Abdul-Hamid II". Visitors to the archive have the opportunity to see what Russian cities used to be like. In total, the exhibition features several dozen photographs that are posted on the stands. The organizers of the event decided to arrange the pictures in the form of collages. Using old pictures taken by Turkish photographers, we decided to create an album.
Alexander Kolesnikov, chairman of the Society for Scientific and Cultural Relations with Turkey in St. Petersburg, said that Sultan Abdul-Hamid II ruled Turkey for thirty years from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. " He was very fond of photography and organized excursions to Russia and other countries of the world, during which pictures were taken. At the moment, his collections are published in different countries in the form of photo albums. Previously, such albums were presented in Germany, France, the United States of America and England. Now is the time for Russia. The album includes photographs not only of St. Petersburg and Moscow, there are also photographs of other cities.
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