Foreign students of Lomonosov Moscow State University visited Sergiev Posad

On October 3, 2021, 50 foreign students of Lomonosov Moscow State University visited the city of Sergiev Posad as part of an excursion organized by Moscow University, which takes care of its students - citizens of foreign countries, introducing them to the cultural values ​​and historical heritage of Russia. The excursion was attended by students from Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Turkey, India, China, Japan, Korea, as well as the CIS countries.

The famous Abramtsevo estate became the first point of the travel route. It is no coincidence that Moscow University organized a visit to this picturesque place for foreign students - it is inextricably linked with Russian culture. Here, in the second half of the 19th century, the Mamontov art circle was formed, which laid the foundation for the national, neo-Russian direction of the Art Nouveau style and largely determined the work of the World of Art association, the Art Theater of K. S. Stanislavsky and the Russian Seasons of S. P. Diaghilev.

In order to acquaint foreign students with the sights of the Abramtsevo estate, Moscow University organized a quest game for them. The glorious weather, the bright sun and the colors of the golden autumn season made this visit especially pleasant.

The next point of the route was the city of Sergiev Posad. The gates of the famous Golden Ring, a witness to the centuries-old history of Russia and the birthplace of the Russian matryoshka doll - a city whose heart, the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, has been attracting the attention of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world for more than six centuries. Lavra, the largest male monastery in Russia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has become the culminating point and dominant of the entire journey. Excursions in Russian and English were organized on the territory of its architectural complex for foreign students of Moscow University. The students not only saw with their own eyes the beauty of this cultural monument significant for Russian history, but also managed to climb the famous Lavra bell tower. The construction of the simultaneously fundamental, openwork and soaring bell tower was carried out from 1741 to 1770. The height of the bell tower is 88 m, which is 11 m more than the belfry of the Novodevichy Convent and 7 m more than the bell tower of Ivan the Great in the Moscow Kremlin.

At the end of the trip to Sergiev Posad, students were invited to visit four museums of their choice: the Sacristy of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, Sergievskaya Kukhmisterskaya, the Museum of Toys named after N. D. Bartram, as well as Art-Layout - Museum of Architecture in Miniature. In these museums, the children were able to get acquainted with the history, culture and life of Russia, as well as take part in a master class on making landrins.

This academic year, an excursion to Sergiev Posad for foreign students was organized by Moscow University for the first time. Vivid impressions and memories, positive emotions, acquaintance with the cultural values ​​and traditions of Russia, hundreds of excellent photos, new friends - all this is an incomplete list of what such events give students.