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April 22, 2021 09:01 am

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You can take a walk without leaving your home. The virtual resource has published a selection of photographs and documents telling about the history of the old mansion.

Why Wedding Palace No. 1 is called “Griboyedovsky”, how it became the most popular place for marriage in Moscow and who built it – you can now learn about all this and much more on the portal “Get to know Moscow”.

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Griboyedov registry office, as well as specially for Days of Historical and Cultural Heritagea special project has been published on the portal. A virtual tour of the halls of the mansion has been prepared for users, unique photographs and archival documents have been uploaded to the public.

The mansion, which houses the legendary registry office, was built in 1909 in the classical style by the architect Sergei Voskresensky for the merchant August Roerich. It is located in the historical center (Maly Kharitonevsky lane, 10, building 1). The building is recognized as a cultural heritage site. A special atmosphere has been preserved in it to this day. Guests are greeted by a grand staircase, stucco moldings framing the ceilings, wooden walls and cornices decorated with carvings.

In 1961, the mansion was transferred to the City Department of the Civil Registry Office of the Executive Committee of the Moscow City Council for the opening of the first Wedding Palace in Moscow. In those days, the street on which it is located was called Griboyedov Street. In the 90s of the last century, the street was returned to its old name – Maly Kharitonevsky lane, but the registry office is still called Griboyedovsky.

“Due to the beauty of the interiors and location in the center of Moscow, the registry office in Maly Kharitonevsky has become the most popular place for registering a marriage in the city. Many famous figures of science, culture and art got married and got married here. This tradition continues to this day. Every year thousands of new happy families are created here under Mendelssohn’s march. Since 1961, the words “I declare you husband and wife” have been heard in the palace more than 400 thousand times. Now Muscovites and guests of the capital have the opportunity to take virtual excursions to this amazing place, learn about its past and present, ”said Svetlana Ukhaneva, acting head of the Moscow Civil Registry Office.

In the “Know Moscow” project, you will find many interesting facts about the first wedding palace in the capital. These are not only stories of historians and guides, archival documents, but also photo collections.

This year, the 60th anniversary is celebrated not only by the palace – the same number of years have passed since the first manned flight into space. It is noteworthy that in 1963, in the old mansion, the wedding of the pilots-cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Andriyan Nikolaev took place, and Yuri Gagarin was a witness at the famous wedding. Photos of this ceremony can be viewed on the Discover Moscow portal.

From April 18, Moscow will host the Days of Historical and Cultural Heritage for the 21st time. Citizens are invited to visit unique historical sites in the company of guides and Moscow experts, the list of which also includes the Wedding Palace No. 1. Registration for the excursion is open on the website “Get to know Moscow” In chapter Heritage Days.

Discover Moscow is a joint project of the Moscow departments of information technology, culture, cultural heritage, education and science. An interactive city guide contains photographs and descriptions of more than two thousand buildings, 662 monuments, 324 museums. The portal has 82 quests and more than 150 thematic routes in different areas of the city.

In the “Museums” section, users can select cultural sites by category, for example, local history, literary or natural science museum. In the “Buildings” section, houses and old estates can be sorted by architectural style, date of construction, location and availability of virtual tours of interiors.

In the “History of the City” section, the most important milestones are divided by centuries. So, if you click on the 19th century, the portal will show which hospitals opened during this period, how the geography of street lighting expanded and what projects significant for the city were approved and implemented. The chronological tape covers the eras from the XII century to the present day.

For the convenience of Muscovites and tourists, a mobile application “Know Moscow” has been created. It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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