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455th anniversary of St Basil’s Cathedral

455th anniversary of St Basil’s Cathedral

St Basil’s Cathedral, the State Historical Museum and Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow represent a joint programme of activities for the 455th anniversary of Moscow’s main sightseeing attraction.

The Baltschug will support the anniversary of Pokrovsky Cathedral, which is part of a complex of the State Historical Museum, holding an art exhibition, the themed photo contest, tours for guests and a gastronomic programme.

12 July 2016 marks 455 years since an outstanding monument of Old-Russian architecture, Pokrovsky Cathedral on Red Square – Saint Basil’s Cathedral – was built in 1555-1561 on the order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the conquest of the Kazan kingdom.

The exact date of the completed construction and consecration of the Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat has been revealed only recently. It was only during the process of restoration of the interior of its central church in the middle of the XX century that the signage on the Cathedral’s creation date was discovered from the original layers of paint. Reading the restored art text put an end to the perennial debate about the year of the cathedral’s construction. With the accented lightning established in 2015, the fresco inscription is now visible to all the visitors to the Cathedral.

For the remarkable date in 2016, the landmark Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow, associated with its famous “neighbour” by common history and location, will present a programme of cultural events.

From 6 to 31 July, the lobby of the hotel welcomes an art exhibition, which exhibits eight paintings by prominent Russian artists – Maria Semenova, Elena Staryk, Anna Tolstikova, Andrew Mishov, Anton Batov, Yuri Popkov, Dmitry Kostylev and Alexei Petrov. All the paintings have been done in different techniques and have been created on the panoramic terrace of the Library room en plein air shortly before the exhibition. The exhibition is open to visitors daily 24/7.

On 12 July a photo contest for professionals and amateurs is being launched on the official Facebook page of the State Historical Museum, supported by a media partner, By coincidence, the date of opening of the cathedral is internationally recognised as Photographer’s Day. Within a month, anyone can submit to the contest page his or her author’s vision of the architecture of the Cathedral. Twenty photographs that will gain the most popularity among Internet users will go through a professional assessment by the jury. The results of the photographic competition will be announced on 12 August. The main prize will be a weekend at Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow in a double room with a view of St Basil's Cathedral, a sumptuous breakfast, unlimited access to the health club, a visit to the Cathedral and a gift folio.

During July, August and September 2016, guests of Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow will receive an invitation to visit the Cathedral within the “Art and Culture” special package. Concierges of the hotel, marked with “golden keys” of Les Clefs d’Or, will open the doors of the Cathedral for private excursions upon request. The participants of these tours can visit the interior and the places of the Pokrovsky Cathedral which are traditionally not available to the public, as well as learn memorable historical facts – how different the Cathedral of the XVI century was from the present, how we learned the exact date of construction, how many names the Cathedral has, why there are no chains of St Basil and which man was buried at St Basil’s.

It is remarkable that the history of the Baltschug’s hospitality also dates back to the XVI century, when on the orders of Ivan the Terrible the very first pub (kabak) was established in Russia and welcomed only the Tsar’s guardians – oprichniki.

Commemorating the historical roots in gastronomy, Executive Chef of Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow Maxim Maksakov created an anniversary tasting set, which will be presented in all restaurants and bars during July and August. A modern interpretation of the Russian cuisine will be paired with familiar architectural images in three courses. The guests and visitors of the hotel will try: vodka-marinated salmon with creme parmantier, cranberry mostarda, dill moss and pine nuts; rabbit roll with carrot perlotto, sorrel mousseline and baked milk foam; and sugar tart with wild strawberry mousse, malt jelly and mirror glaze.


About St Basil’s Cathedral:

The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, commonly known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, is a church in Red Square in Russia’s Capital. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat or Pokrovsky Cathedral. It was built in 1555–61 on the orders of Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. Since 1923, the Cathedral has hosted the historical and architectural museum, which, after five years, became a branch of the State Historical Museum. In 1990, the cathedral was included in the List of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in Russia. Since 1991, it has been jointly supervised by the ROC and periodically welcomes divine services. The museum “Pokrovsky Cathedral” is one of the symbols of Moscow and Russia, and one of the most popular museums in the capital. Every year it welcomes more than 400,000 visitors from all around the world. The museum hosts thematic and sightseeing tours, lectures and museum lessons, competitions and art festivals.

About Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow:

The Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow, a classic European Grand Hotel with historic façade dating back to 1898, is situated in the very heart of Moscow directly opposite the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. The hotel has 227 elegant rooms and suites, with most of them offering magnificent views of the Kremlin. The hotel takes pride in its new rooms and suites created by CADE Design. The hotel is also confident of its restaurants Baltschug Grill and Café Kranzler, the Beauty Centre Baltschug and the Health Club, as well as 12 meeting rooms.

About Kempinski:

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels in 30 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels. •

For additional information please kindly contact:

Lana Melnikova ▪ Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow ▪ St Baltschug, 1 ▪ Moscow ▪ 115035, Russia

Т +7 (495) 287 20 00 ▪ F +7 (495) 287 20 07 ▪

Maria Ponomareva • State Historical Museum • Red Square, 1 • Moscow 109012, Russia

Т +7 (495)6981846 •

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