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The brick building was erected in the 16th – 17th centuries. The chambers were part of the White City – the central part of Moscow, where boyars and nobles lived.

The princely chambers of the XVI-XVII centuries, located in a brick two-story building with a basement and a mezzanine at the address: Podkopaevsky lane, building 5/2, is awaiting restoration. Experts have already started large-scale research work.

“The old chambers in Podkopaevsky Lane play an important role in shaping the historical image of the Basmanny District. This architectural monument has a kind of mystery. The fact is that there is a plaque on the facade with the name: “The Shuisky Chambers.” Initially, it was assumed that they belonged to representatives of one of the branches of the Rurikovich family – the princely Shuisky family. The most famous was Vasily Shuisky, who went down in history as the Russian Tsar Vasily IV. However, modern researchers consider this to be a mistake. Most likely, the real owner of the chambers was the prince and voivode Ivan Mikhailovich Baryatinsky, also from the Rurik family. He lived in the 16th and early 17th centuries. He is known for serving as ambassador to Denmark, ”said Alexei Yemelyanov, head of the Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage.

The head of the department added that in order to develop scientific and project documentation, specialists will conduct historical, archival and bibliographic research. They will also study the engineering and technical features of the building, describe future architectural and structural solutions. The exact list of necessary restoration work will be prepared after these studies. Then the Moscow City Heritage will carry out the procedure for their approval. It is planned that the restoration will be completed no later than February 2023.

The chambers in Podkopaevsky Lane have the status of a cultural heritage site of federal significance. All restoration work will take place under the supervision of the Moscow City Heritage Site.

The building, built in the 16th – 17th centuries, was part of the White City. This is a part of Moscow where boyars and nobles lived.

During its long history, the appearance of the chambers has undergone many changes.

It was originally a two-storey building with a basement. The decoration elements of the facades of the 16th – 17th centuries have been partially preserved to this day: platbands, iron window bars, blades (relief details), a plinth. In addition, the white stone walls of the basement and its brick vaults have also been preserved since then.

At the beginning of the 18th century, another chamber was added, and the prince’s possession received an L-shape. But already in the 1770s, the chambers were rebuilt, their layout became rectangular. The final appearance of the building was formed by the beginning of the 19th century, when the mezzanine was added.

The preservation and restoration of architectural monuments in Moscow is the most important area of ​​work of the Department of Cultural Heritage. Since 2011, more than 1,600 cultural heritage sites have been restored in the city, of which more than 100 – in 2020.

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