The exhibition The Power of Spirit and Loyalty to Tradition was organised by the Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church together with the State Historical Museum. It presents unique items of old-rite culture from the 16th-20th centuries, rare examples of ancient Russian manuscripts and printed books, icons, items for use in churches, and documents from the 19th-20th centuries on the old-rite church’s history. Head researcher at the State Historical Museum Yelena Yukhimenko and priest Alexei Lopatin explained the exhibits to the President.
Rogozhskaya Sloboda is a historical district of Moscow that emerged in the late 16th century. Old-rite merchant families traditionally settled there and the district became the spiritual centre for Moscow’s old believers’ community. Today, the architectural ensemble counts 50 buildings and is undergoing large-scale restoration. The site is home to the Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church’s Metropolitan.