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- State Tretyakov Gallery has one of the largest collections of Russian art from medieval icons to the works of contemporary artists. The museum has many buildings: works of art from icon-painting to the early 20th century located in Lavrushinsky Lane 10 (the building was designed by Victor Vasnetsov in neo-Russian style), modern and contemporary art located at Krymsky Val 10. The church of St. Nicholas in Tolmachi with world-wide known Vladimir icon of the Mother of God is also the part of the gallery. Museum has an excellent collection of works by Russian avant-garde artists.

- The Central Andrey Rublev Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art, Andron’yevskaya Square 10, is located in the old Savior St. Andronicus Monastery. The Church of the Savior is the oldest church of Moscow that survived. With exhibitions.

- Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Volkhonka St. 12, is the largest museum of European art in Moscow. The building of the museum was designed in 1896-1912 in neoclassic style by the architect Roman Klein. Collections of the museum include 700,000 paintingssculpturesdrawings, applied works, photographs, and archaeological objects. Famous are the large collection of old masters and one of the world’s most important collection of modern artists such as Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso (from the former collections of Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov).

- State Historical Museum, Red Square 1. The largest collection on the history of Russia from ancient times to the beginning of the 20th century. The main building was constructed by architect Vladimir Sherwood and engineer Anatoly Semenov in 1875-1883 in neo-Russian style.

- Museum of Russian Icon, Goncharnaya St. 3, building 1, with an important private collection of icons from the 14th to the 20th century. The museum was founded by collector Mikhail Abramov. Museum has one of the world’s most important collections of Ethiopic Christian art.

-  Private collection of contemporary Christian art of the priest Andrej Jurewitsch. Still has no building, but has a good website and organizes exhibitions in Moscow and other cities in Russia.

- Cultural Center “Pokrovskiye vorota”, Pokrovka St. 27. The main task of the center is to maintain Christian culture by organizing lectures, exhibitions and music concerts. With exhibitions.

- The Grabar Art Conservation Center, Radio St. 17, build. 6, one of the oldest in the world. With exhibitions.

- Ovchinnikov Ikonoteka, Prechistensky Lane 5A, cultural center, including very good copies of the most important frescoes from Russian and Georgian old churches. Located in the former studio of the sculptor Vera Mukhina. With exhibitions.

- Moscow Museum of Modern Art – one of the most important museums of modern art in Russia. Museum has many buildings in Moscow. There is no permanent exhibition, but there are many temporary exhibitions in the museum. More information see on the website:

- Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Krymsky Val 9. The museum has a good archive with documents on artists of the second half of 20th century. The architect of museum building is Rem Koolhaas. With exhibitions.

- Multimedia Art Museum, Ostozhenka St. 16, the biggest Russian museum of photography and multimedia art. With exhibitions.

- Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Obraztsova St. 11, building 1A. There is a Center for research of avant-garde art. With exhibitions.

- Gallery of Russian Academy of Arts, Prechistenka St., 21. With exhibitions.

- Sergey Konenkov Memorial Museum, Tverskaya St. 17. Sergey Konenkov (1874-1971) was a famous Russian and Soviet sculptor. He is the author of some works on mythological and religious themes.

- Roerich Museum, VDNH (The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy), Pavilion No. 13. Nicolay Roerich (1874-1947) is famous for paintings that express eastern spirituality and his own belief system (Agni Yoga, or the Living Ethics), close to theosophy. His son Svetoslav Roerich (1904-1993) was also an outstanding painter.

- Pavel Korin Museum, part of State Tretyakov Gallery. Pavel Korin (1892-1967) is one of the most important Russian artists of the 20th century and his paintings on religious themes are very famous. His sketches for the unfinished work “Farewell to Rus” is a true document of religious life in Russia in the 1920-1930-years. Korin had an excellent collection of icons, which is now in museum. The museum is closed for renovation till 2022. Virtual exhibition:

- Vadim Sidur Museum, Novogireevskaya St. 37, is the part of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Vadim Sidur (1924-1986) was a Soviet avant-garde sculptor, graphic artist and poet, who worked with existential themes of suffering, death, love and spirituality. Some works reinterpret Christian images. With exhibitions.

- Zurab Tsereteli Art Gallery, Prechistenka St., 19. Zurab Tsereteli is a contemporary Russian artist, painter and sculptor. From 1997 the president of the Russian Academy of Arts. He also deals with religious themes. There are enamel icons (this is a tradition of Georgian religious art) and other works in permanent exhibition. With temporary exhibitions.

- The cathedrals and churches of the Kremlin were built in the 15th–17th centuries. The Assumption Cathedral (1479) was designed by the Italian architect Aristotele Fioravanti. The Cathedral of the Archangel Michael (1505-1508) – by the Italian architect Aloisio Novyi. The Annunciation Cathedral was completed in 1489, constructed by the Pskov architects. The Church of the Deposition of the Virgin’s Robe was also built by Pskov architects (1484-1488). There is also Patriarch’s Palace with the Church of the Twelve Apostles (1653-1656) in the Kremlin. The Ivan the Great Bell Tower was erected in 1505-1508 by Italian architect Bon Fryazin and completed in 1600, 81 m. high. The Kremlin and Red Square are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

- St. Basil’s Cathedral (also Pokrovsky Cathedral) was built in 1555-1561 near the Kremlin. The church was perceived as the earthly symbol of the Heavenly city. It consists of eight churches arranged around a ninth, central church. A tenth church was built in 1588. Is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

- Ascension Church in Kolomenskoye, built in 1532 by an unknown Italian architect. The first stone church of tent-like variety. The church is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

- Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent (16th – 17th c.) is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

- Rogozh sloboda of the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church, Rogozhsky Poselok St. 3, with two cathedrals (18th century). The bell of the beginning of 20th century was a monument for religious freedom.

- Martha and Mary Convent, Bol’shaya Ordynka St. 34. The Church of the Holy Protection was built in 1908-1912 by famous Russian architect Alexey Shchusev in the neo-Russian style. It was decorated by the artist Mikhail Nesterov (1862-1942).

- Christ Savior Cathedral, Volkhonka St. 15. The original church was built in the 19th century and was demolished on 5 December 1931; rebuilt in 1990s. With Patriarch Museum of Church Art (Russian, Greek and Italian icons).

- Church and Archaelogical Museum of St. Tikhon Orthodox University.

- Church St. Trinity “in Hohly”, Khokhlovsky Lane 12. There are works of contemporary religious artists in the church.

- St. Sergius of Radonezh Church “in Krapivniki”, Krapivensky lane, 4 (2). There is a large “Kiisky cross” from 1656, made on the order of Patriarch Nikon, in the church. One of the altars was decorated in 2013 by icon painter Irina Zaron and sculptor Sergei Antonov – this is a good example of modern icon painting and religious sculpture.

- St. George’s Church on the Poklonnaya Hill, built in 1995. One of the most disputed examples of modern orthodox church architecture.

- The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Catholic church), Malaya Gruzinskaya St. 27/13, was built in neo-Gothic style in 1901-1911 by the architect Tomasz Bohdanowicz-Dworzecki.


Sergiev Posad:

- Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is the most important monastery in Russia. The monastery can be called “an encyclopedia of Russian religious architecture and art”, the oldest church (Trinity Cathedral) was built in 1422-1423. There are icons and frescoes of the nun Iuliania Sokolova (1899-1981) in Lavra. In 1957 she founded a school for icon painters, the only one during the Soviet time. Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad since 1993 is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

- There are two museums in the monastery. The first museum is located in the building of the Sacristy. It includes works of Christian art from the 14th – 20th centuries. The second museum is located in the building of the Moscow Theological Academy and includes important collections of icons, religious paintings, archeological objects.

- Florensky Cultural Centre, Wifanskaya St. 2. Pavel Florensky (1882-1937) was a famous priest, theologian and philosopher, the author of the most influential early publications about Russian icon painting. His philosophical system inspired the painter Dmitry Plavinsky (1937-2012).

- St. Sergius Church, mkr. Semhoz, Parkovaya St., 2, with frescoes of the contemporary icon-painter Archimandrite Zinon (Theodor).



- The estate of patron of the arts Savva Mamontov (1841-1918), who at the end of 19th century hosted a colony of artists who were inspired by medieval Russian art. The Church of the Savior in the estate is one of the first examples of neo-Russian style in church architecture, with the works of Viktor Vasnetsov (1848-1926), Iliya Repin (1844-1930) and Vasily Polenov (1844-1927).



- New Jerusalem Monastery (The Resurrection Monastery), founded in 1656 by Patriarch Nikon. All buildings, as well nature objects, represent the sacred Jerusalem and its surroundings. The main Cathedral of the Resurrection was modeled after the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

- Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Moscow region "New Jerusalem". With exhibitions.



- Durylin Museum, mkr. Bolshevo, Svobodnaya St. 12. Sergei Durylin (1886-1954) was a friend and biographer of the painter Mikhail Nesterov. He was the author of books about Russian culture, religion, theater and literature.



- Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl since 2005 is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.



- Savior’s Cathedral, white stone church, which was built in 1152-1157.



- The Ipatiev Monastery with churches and buildings of 16th-17th c. This monastery is one of the symbols of the House of Romanov, the reigning royal house of Russia from 1613 to 1917.


Polenovo (near Tarusa):

- St. Trinity Church in Byokhovo, built in neo-Russian style in 1904-1906 with works by the artist Vasily Polenov (1844-1927). Polenov State Arts Museum includes paintings from the big cycle “From the life of Christ”.


Talashkino (near Smolensk):

- Church of the Holy Spirit (in neo-Russian style), decorated with mosaics by the famous Russian artist Nicolay Roerich.



- White Monuments of Vladimir and Susdal are on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1992.

- The Cathedral of the Assumption (1158-1189), with the frescoes of the most famous Russian icon-painter Andrey Rublev from 1408.

- The Cathedral of St. Demetrius’ (1194-1197). The exterior has over a thousand stone carvings with religious images, mythological animals, trees. 12th-century frescoes of Byzantine masters survive in the western part of the interior.

- The Golden Gate (1158-1164), one of the old examples of Russian’s fortification architecture.

- The Vladimir and Suzdal State historical, architectural and art Museum Reserve. With exhibitions about history and art of the Vladimir region.

- Museum of Icon Painting, Sacco and Vanzetti St. 50. With icons from the 17th till early 20th c.

- 13 kilometers from Vladimir there is the settlement Bogolyubovo with partly preserved buildings of the castle of Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky and the Church of Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl river (1165) – one of the masterpieces of pre-Mongolian Russian church architecture.



- The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God (13th – 16th c.) with famous Golden Doors.

- The museum “Metropolitan chambers” in Suzdal Kremlin has an important collection of icon paintings and decorative art.

- A few kilometers from Suzdal there is the Boris and Gleb Church, the oldest white-stone church in North-East Russia (1152).



- State Historical, Architectural and Art Museum-Preserve “Alexandrovskaya Sloboda”, with rare examples of church architecture of the 16th century.



- St. George’s Cathedral, built in 1892-1903 in neo-Russian style. With religious paintings of Victor Vasnetsov. The “Crustal Museum” is in this church today.



- St. George’s Cathedral, white stone church, which was built in 1230-1234. The exterior has many stone carvings with religious images, mythological animals, trees.



- State Museum of Art of Palekh, with a large collection of icons from the 18th – 20th c. by the masters of Palekh.

- Museum of Pavel Korin (1892-1967), one of the most important Russian artists of the 20th century who made sketches for the unfinished painting “Farewell to Rus”. Korin was born in Palekh in a family of icon-painters.



- State Museum of Art of Kholui with icons from the 18th – 20th c. by masters from Kholui.



- Mstiora Art Museum with icons from the 18th – 20th c. by masters from Mstiora.




- State Hermitage Museum, Palace Square 2, is one of the largest and most important museums in the world, founded in 1764 by the Empress Catherine the Great. The museum has many buildings, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors. Collections of the museum include Egyptian and classical antiquities, Byzantine decorative art, works of European Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism, works of art from China, India, Middle East. The museum has one of the most representative collections of Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso and other artists of the end 19th – beginning of 20th centuries (from the former collections of Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov). The museum has offshoots in different cities in Russia and abroad: Amsterdam, Ferrara, Vilnius, Vyborg, Kazan, Vladivostok and others. From 2010 there is a program “Hermitage 21” according to which the museum organizes exhibitions of contemporary artists and collects works of modern and contemporary art.

- State Russian Museum, Inzhenernaya St. 4, with one of the world’s largest collections of Russian art. The collection is accommodated in buildings that are outstanding monuments of the XVIII-XIX-century architecture: Mikhailovsky, Stroganov, Marble Palaces, and Mikhailovsky Castle. The museum has a big collection of Russian avant-garde artists: K. Petrov-Vodkin, W. Kandinsky, K. Malevich, M. Larionov, N. Goncharova, D. Burlyuk, O. Rozanova, L. Popova, V. Tatlin, A. Rodchenko and others. Exceedingly big and important collection of works of Pavel Filonov (1883-1941), Russian avant-garde painter and art theorist. One of the parts of museum is «The Ludwig Museum at the Russian Museum» at the Marble Palace with works of the artists of 20th century: Picasso, Beuys, Johns, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Twombly, Koons and others.

- State Museum of History of Religions, Pochtamtskaya St. 14/15, is one of the most important museums of this kind in the world. Was opened in 1932 by ethnographer Vladimir Bogoras. Nowadays consists of highly important collections of orthodox icon painting and objects of popular devotion, works of Russian artists on religious themes, collection of primitive art (especially from Siberia), collections of religious art from China, Japan, India, Mongolia, Middle East. With exhibitions.

- St. Petersburg Museum of Avant-garde (Matyushin’s House), Professora Popova St. 10. Mikhail Matyushin (1861-1934) was one of the leading members of the Russian avant-garde. The museum focuses on the main stages of the development of avant-garde culture in Russia and shows the diversity of St. Petersburg avant-garde art of the 1920s-1930s. With exhibitions.

- Erarta Museum, 29th line of Vasilievsky Ostrov, 2, is the largest private museum of contemporary art in Russia. Its permanent collection of Russian art includes many works on religious and existential themes. With exhibitions.

- Faberge Museum, Fontanka River Embankment 21. The popular tradition of decorated eggs as present at Easter received in the hands of dynasty Faberge’s masters the most striking artistic expression. Decorated Easter eggs for the dynasty Romanov are masterpieces of jewellery. In the exhibition of museum there are works of jewellery traditions in the decoration of icons and religious paintings.

- Schemyakin Center of Arts, Sadovaya St. 11. Mikhail Schemyakin is a contemporary Russian painter, sculptor and designer, one of the representatives of ‘nonconformist’ art.

- Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments since 1990 are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

- St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra was founded in 1710 by tsar Peter I. Churches were built in the style of classicism and baroque. The ‘Church and Archaeological Museum’ of the Saint-Petersburg Theological Academy is located in monastery.

- Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Prospect 25, was built in 1801-1811 by the architect Andrey Voronikhin, who partly modeled the building of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The exterior colonnade, rare for Russian churches, includes 96 columns. The cathedral is a memorial to the victory of the Russian army in 1812 over Napoleon.

- St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Isaac’s Square 4, is an example of synthesis of orthodox and western-Christian traditions in religious architecture and art. The interior consists of more than 150 paintings, including works of famous artist Karl Bryullov (1799-1852). The stained-glass window with the image of the Resurrection of Christ in the altar apsis is the most important example of this kind of art in orthodox churches in Russia.

- The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Griboyedov channel Embankment 2B, contains over 7000 square meters of mosaics. It was constructed in a for Saint-Petersburg unusual neo-Russian style between 1883 and 1907 by the architect Alfred Parland. The interior was designed by the most famous artists of the day – Viktor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Nesterov, Mikhail Vrubel, Nikolay Kharlamov, Vasily Belyaev.

- Feodorovsky Cathedral, Mirgorodskaya St. 1-B., was built in 1911-1914 in neo-Russian style by architect Stepan Krichinsky as a monument to the 300-year reign of the Romanov Dynasty. It was restored in 2010-2013. The lower church with frescos and icons by one of the most important contemporary icon painter Archimandrite Zinon (Theodor).

- Recently built Dormition Church on the river Malaya Ohta, Maloohtinsky prospect 52. The Church was built in 1997-2001 as a monument to the victims of the Siege of Leningrad in the Second World War.


Staraya Ladoga:

- St. George’s church, second half of the 12th century, with magnificent frescoes.

- Dormition Cathedral, second half of the 12th century.



- Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture (12th – 17th c.), since 2019 on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.


Gverston’ (near Pskov):

- The small church was designed by archimandrite Zinon (Theodor) in the 1990’s, with frescoes and icons of his work.


Novgorod the Great:

- Since 1992 Historic Monuments of Novgorod and surroundings are on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

- St. Sophia Cathedral (1045-1050), one of the oldest cathedrals in Russia.

- St. Nicholas Cathedral (1113-1123), with frescoes from 12th century.

- The Church of Transfiguration of the Savior was built in 1374 with frescoes by Theophanes the Greek from 1378. Theophanes the Greek was one of the important icon-painters in Russia in 14th century.

- The Episcopal Chamber in Novgorod Kremlin is a rare example of Gothic architecture in Russia.

- St. George’s Cathedral of Yuriev Monastery, 1119.

- The Saviour Church on Nereditsa, built in 1198. The frescoes of this church had a great influence on avant-garde artists (such as Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962), Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin (1878-1939)). The church was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War. Now it is reconstructed and the frescoes partially restored from the fragments.


Kizhi Island:

- Kizhi open-air museum of wooden architecture. The most famous is the 22-dome Transfiguration Church, constructed in 1714. Kizhi Pogost is since 1990 on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.


Solovetsky Monastery:

- Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands is since 1992 on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.



- Vologda State Museum-Preserve with an important collection of northern icon painting.

- St. Sophia Cathedral, built in 1568-1570, with frescoes from the 17th century.



- The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God (Ferapontov Monastery) with frescoes by the famous icon-painter Dionisy, made with his sons (1502), which is the oldest completely authentic frescoes cycle in Russia. The Ferapontov Monastery is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000.



- Art Museum with an important collection of northern icon painting.



Nizhny Novgorod:

- State Art Museum.

- Centre of Contemporary Arts “Arsenal” in Kremlin.

- The Cathedral of Archangel Michael (17th century) is the oldest in the city.



- Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000.

- Museum of “Shamail” religious art of tatars in the Museum of Islamic Culture – mosque Kul Sharif (Kazan Kremlin).

- The Temple of All Religions, Staroye Arakchino Microdistrict, built since 1992, consists of several types of religious architecture.



- Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town island of Sviyazhsk (16th century) are on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2017.



- Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2014.



- Bashkortostan State Art Museum named after Mikhail Nesterov. Museum includes 109 works by Mikhail Nesterov (1862-1942), famous for his paintings on religious themes.



- Perm’ Gallery of Arts is famous for its outstanding collection of Russian wooden religious sculpture.

- Perm Museum of Modern Art PERMM.




- Nevyansk Icon Museum, Engels St. 15, is the museum of Ural’s school of icon painting, founded by the collector Evgeny Roizman.

- There are many recently built churches, dedicated to the memory of the last Emperor of Russia Nicholas the Second, who’s family was killed in 1918 near the city.




- Novosibirsk State Art Museum.



- Regional Museum of History.

- Art Museum named after Vasily Surukov, one of the largest in Siberia.

- Museum-Estate of Vasily Surikov, Lenina St. 98. Vasily Surikov (1848-1916), born in Krasnoyarsk, worked on paintings about Russian history and had some works on religious themes (for example, “The Annunciation”).



- Museum of contemporary Christian art (part of the diocesan museum) – is the only museum of this kind in Russia. Consist of more than 400 works by contemporary Russian artists. Works were collected by the priest Andrej Jurewich.



- Vifleem Martyrs Church, built in 2008-2013 in Neo-Byzantine style. The interior of the church was designed according to the “Ierotopy concept” of contemporary Russian art historian Alexey Lidov. In the church there are icons by Irina Zaron, reliefs by Sergei Antonov, mosaics by Alexandr Kornoukhov and stained- glass windows by Ekaterina Zamaeva.



- Regional Art Museum named after Vladimir Sukachev with one of the largest collection of icon painting and wooden religious sculpture in Siberia.




- Primorye State Art Gallery.



- Regional Historical Museum named after Alexey Kuznetsov.



- Museum of artist Alexander Tikhomirov (1956-2017), who was the founder of a new style in religious paintings called ‘Okonopis’ (religious images on old wooden shutters).



- Far East Art Museum, the largest art museum in Russian Far East.