Historical and Cultural Reserve ‘The Tale of Igor's Campaign’

‘The Tale of Igor's Campaign’ is Old Russian literature’s prominent monument that was written in the 12th century and tells about unsuccessful campaign led by Novhorod-Siversky’s Prince Igor Svyatoslavich against Cumans. The campaign started from the Our Savior and Transfiguration Monastery, therefore, it’s no wonder that Ukraine’s only museum, devoted to this Slavic world’s celebrated literary sight, occupies the former owner’s superior's house located on its territory.

‘The Tale of Igor's Campaign’ Museum-Reserve’s impressive exposition includes over 47 thousand valuable objects and not only illustrates the Prince Igor Svyatoslavich’s famous campaign, but allows closer studying Kyivan Rus’s history, culture and very day life of that time.

Museum’s collection is located in several thematic halls. The first one tells how the ancient literary work was discovered, exhibits ‘The Tale’s…’ translations in different languages and offers an opportunity to watch a film about Our Savior and Transfiguration Monastery’s and Novhorod-Siversky’s history.

The next hall’s exposition is devoted to the Old Russian Prince’s campaign itself: original archeological monuments from Kyivan Rus’s times, schematic maps, wooden sculptures, characters’ models, reconstructed clothes are exhibited here. Photodiorama ‘Going out for Campaign’ occupies the central place in museum’s exposition.

The separate hall is devoted to the Our Savior and Transfiguration Monastery’s history: from Old Times to nowadays. It’s interesting for ancient icons, books published in Russia 12th – 14th centuries, church utensils. Unique archeological objects, collections of silver coins and Old Russian warriors’ armours are also kept in the museum-reserve.

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