Holy Russia: The Rublev Museum in Moscow

There are many places to visit when travelling in Russia. There are countless tour offers in Moscow including: historical tours, visiting Red Square, the Kremlin and other buildings of relevance to Russian and world history. Visits to museums of all kinds: cosmonautics, military, Soviet Union, etc. And other religious tours, knowing the different and beautiful Cathedrals, Churches and Synagogues of the city.

One of these options is the Andrei Rublev Museum of Ancient Russian Art and Culture.

Created in 1960, the museum is named after the greatest Russian iconographer, Andrei Rublev. The museum was located in the monastery where the famous painter lived his last days.

Andrei Rublev was a monk of the Moonastery Spaso-Andronikov. There he developed the most important part of his work, through the creation of icons and paintings on the walls of the monastery. He is also responsible for the painting in St. Savior’s Cathedral, which is considered one of the oldest monuments of stone architecture in Moscow. It was in this monastery that Andrei Rublev spent the last years of his life and in 1430 he was buried in its territory.

Inside, in addition to Rublev’s works, there are examples of ancient religious art: paintings from the 12th to 15th centuries, such as sculptures made in wood, and also works of applied and decorative arts. In addition, an important collection of books and ancient manuscripts is on display.  The collection of frescoes from the 15th to the 19th century is remarkable.

The monastery has a rich history that accompanies the ups and downs of Russian history. It was a prison camp for a few years after the Revolution. Years later it served as a hostel for the workers of a factory near the monastery.

At one point it was scheduled to be demolished, but the exalted feelings of patriotism that emerged after the war saved it. It was reopened in 1960 when it became a museum in homage to its most famous occupant, the painter Andrei Rublev, on the occasion of his 600th birthday.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about this testimony to Russian history. During your next trip to Moscow, be sure to visit the Museum of Ancient Russian Art and Culture and don’t miss the opportunity to marvel at the ancient works on display there.

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