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The house of Romanov boyars

The house of boyars Romanovs, Moscow, 1905, source: www.oldmos.ru
The house of boyars Romanovs, Moscow, 1905, source: www.oldmos.ru
The house of boyars Romanovs, Moscow, 2010
The house of boyars Romanovs, Moscow, 2010
The old house we see on both pictures is a very unusual Moscow museum. Its official name is The Chambers of the Romanovs Boyars. It is here were the Romanovs family lived in the 16th century. The first tsar of the Romanov dynasty Mikhail was believed to be born in this house in 1596. Today it is a museum devoted to the Russian nobility's lifestyle of the 16th-17th centuries.

Looking at both pictures we feel that little has changed in this old Moscow district. Just imagine the same street without any cars and you can feel you're travelling back in time. Varvarka street is truly unique, it's like an open air museum of the ancient Russian architecture. Behind  the Romanovs chamber are the domes of Znamensky monastery, and if we walked a little further we would find many more bright Moscow churches, mediaeval houses and even the first embassy of England (16th century) in Russia.

The building of the Romanov house was reconstructed several times. In the 17th and 18th century the house was slowly falling into decay. The old "palace" was not comfortable for the ruling tsars. The situation improved only in the 19th century. In  1856 the emperor Alexander II arrived in Moscow for the coronation. When visiting the old family estate he was horrified with its pour condition and ordered to restore it. A few years later it was reconstructed by the architect Rihter and a memorial museum of Romanov family was opened here.

It's a great luck that the museum survived the Soviet era. No surprise that there were plans to shut it down. Can you imagine a memorial museum of the family, whose "rotten throne was overturned and trampled by the Socialist revolution"? But luckily in 1923 the was reopened  under a new name. It was called "the house of the XVII century nobleman". And the objective was to demonstrate the contrasting life of the noble class and their servants. Only after the Perestroyka the original name of the Romanov's chamber was returned.

If you're interested to learn more about the Russian history and everyday life of the Russian nobility do not miss the  chamber of the Romanovs Boyars. It's only a few minutes from Red Square and you can easily include it in your Moscow tours  itinerary.

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The construction of Moscow State University. Moscow, 1951-52. source: www.oldmos.ru
The construction of Moscow State University. Moscow, 1951-52. source: www.oldmos.ru
Moscow state University.  Moscow, 2009
Moscow state University. Moscow, 2009
Red Square Moscow, 1987
Red Square Moscow, 1987
Red Square Moscow, 2009
Red Square Moscow, 2009
Fedor Alexeev. Red Square. Moscow, 19th century
Fedor Alexeev. Red Square. Moscow, 19th century
Red Square Moscow, 21st century
Red Square Moscow, 21st century
Christ the Savior Catherdal, Moscow, the end of the 19th century
Christ the Savior Catherdal, Moscow, the end of the 19th century
Christ the Svior Cathedral, Moscow, 2009
Christ the Svior Cathedral, Moscow, 2009
The church of the iceon of  Mother of God of Kazan. Moscow 1900s.
The church of the iceon of Mother of God of Kazan. Moscow 1900s.
Kaluzhskaya square.  Moscow 2009
Kaluzhskaya square. Moscow 2009
Rumantsev museum (former Pashkov house). Moscow traffic, 1902
Rumantsev museum (former Pashkov house). Moscow traffic, 1902
Pashkov house. Moscow traffic, 2009
Pashkov house. Moscow traffic, 2009
Red Square, Moscow, 1937. sourse: www.oldmos.ru
Red Square, Moscow, 1937. sourse: www.oldmos.ru
Red Square, Moscow, 2009
Red Square, Moscow, 2009
F.Alexeev. The view on the Resurrection Gates. Moscow, 1811.
F.Alexeev. The view on the Resurrection Gates. Moscow, 1811.
The Resurrection gates and  the History museum. Moscow, 2009
The Resurrection gates and the History museum. Moscow, 2009
Moscva swimming pool. Moscow, 1960-s
Moscva swimming pool. Moscow, 1960-s
Christ the Savior Cathedral. Moscow, 2009
Christ the Savior Cathedral. Moscow, 2009
Gogol's sculpture by Andreev on Preshistensky bulvar. Moscow, 1909
Gogol's sculpture by Andreev on Preshistensky bulvar. Moscow, 1909
Gogol's sculpture by Tomsky on Gogolevsky bulvar. Moscow, 2009
Gogol's sculpture by Tomsky on Gogolevsky bulvar. Moscow, 2009
Market on Red Square, Moscow, 1910 source: www.oldmos.ru
Market on Red Square, Moscow, 1910 source: www.oldmos.ru
Gift market near Red Square, Moscow, 2009
Gift market near Red Square, Moscow, 2009
Red Square, Moscow, 1900
Red Square, Moscow, 1900
Red Square, Moscow, 2010
Red Square, Moscow, 2010
National hotel, Moscow, 1895
National hotel, Moscow, 1895
National hotel, Moscow, 2009
National hotel, Moscow, 2009
Church of St. John the Warrior, Moscow, 1888   source:oldmos.ru
Church of St. John the Warrior, Moscow, 1888 source:oldmos.ru
Church of St. John the Warrior, Moscow, 2010
Church of St. John the Warrior, Moscow, 2010
The church of Saint Nicholas, Moscow, 1974
The church of Saint Nicholas, Moscow, 1974
The church of Saint Nicholas, Moscow, 2010
The church of Saint Nicholas, Moscow, 2010
Kitay-gorod wall, Varvarka gates, Moscow, 1920
Kitay-gorod wall, Varvarka gates, Moscow, 1920
Beginning of Varvarka street, Moscow, 2010
Beginning of Varvarka street, Moscow, 2010
The Trinity Church in Nikitniki, Moscow, 1881
The Trinity Church in Nikitniki, Moscow, 1881
The Trinity Church in Nikitniki, Moscow, 2010
The Trinity Church in Nikitniki, Moscow, 2010
Malaya Dmitrovka street, Moscow, 1910
Malaya Dmitrovka street, Moscow, 1910
Malaya Dmitrovka street, Moscow, 2010
Malaya Dmitrovka street, Moscow, 2010
Eliseevsky grocery story, photo early XX century
Eliseevsky grocery story, photo early XX century
Eliseevsky grocery nowadays
Eliseevsky grocery nowadays
The house of governor-general, Moscow, beginning of the 20th century
The house of governor-general, Moscow, beginning of the 20th century
Moscow Mayor's office, Moscow, 2010
Moscow Mayor's office, Moscow, 2010
The synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya, Moscow, 1888
The synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya, Moscow, 1888
The synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya, Moscow, 2010
The synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya, Moscow, 2010
Arbatskaya square, Moscow, 1925
Arbatskaya square, Moscow, 1925
Arbatskaya square, Moscow, 2010
Arbatskaya square, Moscow, 2010
The view on the Kremlin, Moscow, 1890s
The view on the Kremlin, Moscow, 1890s
The view on the Kremlin, Moscow, 2010
The view on the Kremlin, Moscow, 2010
Kuznetsky most street, Moscow, 1900
Kuznetsky most street, Moscow, 1900
Kuznetsky most street, Moscow, 2010
Kuznetsky most street, Moscow, 2010
Tretyakov drive, Moscow, 1900
Tretyakov drive, Moscow, 1900
Tretyakov Drive, Moscow, 2010
Tretyakov Drive, Moscow, 2010
Lubanskaya squre, Moscow, 1928
Lubanskaya squre, Moscow, 1928
Lubanskaya squre, Moscow, 2010
Lubanskaya squre, Moscow, 2010
Dzerzhinsky monument, Moscow, 1971
Dzerzhinsky monument, Moscow, 1971
Lubanskaya squre, Moscow, 2010
Lubanskaya squre, Moscow, 2010
Moscow University and Church of St Tatyana, Moscow, 1906
Moscow University and Church of St Tatyana, Moscow, 1906
Moscow University and Church of St Tatyana, Moscow, 2010
Moscow University and Church of St Tatyana, Moscow, 2010
General Post offfice, Moscow, early 20th century
General Post offfice, Moscow, early 20th century
General Post offfice, Moscow, 2010
General Post offfice, Moscow, 2010
Perlov Tea House, photographed in the 1960th
Perlov Tea House, photographed in the 1960th
Perlov tea house, photographed in 2010
Perlov tea house, photographed in 2010
Sukhareva Tower
Sukhareva Tower
Sretenka Street
Sretenka Street
The Sofia Embankment, Moscow, 1957    source: oldmos.ru
The Sofia Embankment, Moscow, 1957 source: oldmos.ru
The Sofia Embankment, Moscow, 2010
The Sofia Embankment, Moscow, 2010
Moscow Zoo, Moscow, 1934
Moscow Zoo, Moscow, 1934
Moscow Zoo, Moscow, 2010
Moscow Zoo, Moscow, 2010
Moscow tram, Moscow, 1933. source: oldmos.ru
Moscow tram, Moscow, 1933. source: oldmos.ru
Moscow tram, Moscow, 2010
Moscow tram, Moscow, 2010
Limonade machines, Moscow 1989
Limonade machines, Moscow 1989
Coca cola kiosk, Moscow, 2010
Coca cola kiosk, Moscow, 2010
M. Vorobjov. The view of Manege, Kutafia tower and the church of St. Nickolas, Moscow, 1917
M. Vorobjov. The view of Manege, Kutafia tower and the church of St. Nickolas, Moscow, 1917
Manege, Kutafia and Trinity towers, Moscow, 2010
Manege, Kutafia and Trinity towers, Moscow, 2010
Red Square, Moscow, 1872
Red Square, Moscow, 1872
Red Square, Moscow, 2010
Red Square, Moscow, 2010
Nikolaevsky train station,
Nikolaevsky train station,
Leningradsky train station
Leningradsky train station
Yaroslavsky train station, postcard
Yaroslavsky train station, postcard
Yaroslavsky train station, photograph, 2010
Yaroslavsky train station, photograph, 2010
Yaroslavsky train station before 1902
Yaroslavsky train station before 1902
Yaroslavsky train station,2010
Yaroslavsky train station,2010
Tsaritsino, The Grand Palace, Moscow, 1990s
Tsaritsino, The Grand Palace, Moscow, 1990s
Tsaritsino, The Grand Palace, Moscow, 2008
Tsaritsino, The Grand Palace, Moscow, 2008
Alexey Mikhailovich palace, engraving
Alexey Mikhailovich palace, engraving
Alexey Mikhailovich palace, photo 2010
Alexey Mikhailovich palace, photo 2010
Petrovsky palace, Moscow, 1910
Petrovsky palace, Moscow, 1910
Petrovsky palace, Moscow, 2010
Petrovsky palace, Moscow, 2010
Wine and Salt Court, photographed in early 1900
Wine and Salt Court, photographed in early 1900
House on the embankment, 2000
House on the embankment, 2000
Nobility's Assembly Rooms, Moscow, 1895-1903
Nobility's Assembly Rooms, Moscow, 1895-1903
House of the Unions, Moscow, 2008
House of the Unions, Moscow, 2008
Ascention convent, Moscow 1890-1900
Ascention convent, Moscow 1890-1900
Administration of the president, 2000
Administration of the president, 2000
Red Gates, Moscow, 1920s
Red Gates, Moscow, 1920s
Garden ring, Moscow, 2010
Garden ring, Moscow, 2010
Salmanovsky circus, Moscow 1900
Salmanovsky circus, Moscow 1900
Moscow Nkulin circus, Moscow, 2010
Moscow Nkulin circus, Moscow, 2010
'The Thought' by Mercurov on Tsvetnoy bulvar, Moscow, 1926
'The Thought' by Mercurov on Tsvetnoy bulvar, Moscow, 1926
'St George' obelisk onTsvetnoy bulvar, Moscow, 2010
'St George' obelisk onTsvetnoy bulvar, Moscow, 2010
Moscow city hall, Moscow, early 20th century
Moscow city hall, Moscow, early 20th century
Moscow History museum, Moscow, 2010
Moscow History museum, Moscow, 2010
The Moskva Hotel, photographed in 1970-80s
The Moskva Hotel, photographed in 1970-80s
The Moskva Hotel, photographed in 2010
The Moskva Hotel, photographed in 2010
Ilinka gates, Moscow 1910s
Ilinka gates, Moscow 1910s
Ilinka gates square, Moscow, 2009
Ilinka gates square, Moscow, 2009
Okhotny Ryad, Moscow, 1931
Okhotny Ryad, Moscow, 1931
Okhotny Ryad, Moscow, 2009
Okhotny Ryad, Moscow, 2009
The National and Inturist hotels, Moscow, 1980s
The National and Inturist hotels, Moscow, 1980s
The National and Rits Carlton hotels, Moscow, 2010
The National and Rits Carlton hotels, Moscow, 2010
The Russia hotel, Moscow, 1980
The Russia hotel, Moscow, 1980
Varvarka street, Moscow, 2010
Varvarka street, Moscow, 2010
Skating rink on Chistye Prudy, 1910
Skating rink on Chistye Prudy, 1910
Skating rink on Chistye Prudy, 2005
Skating rink on Chistye Prudy, 2005
Detsky Mir, 2006
Detsky Mir, 2006
Lubyanka square, 1900-1910
Lubyanka square, 1900-1910
Tsar Bell, Moscow, late 19th century
Tsar Bell, Moscow, late 19th century
Tsar Bell, Moscow, 2010
Tsar Bell, Moscow, 2010
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