Travel Snapshots: A story of love and fidelity in Spaso-Borodino Convent
Seventy miles from Moscow along Mozhaisk Highway, near the village of Semenovsk, stands Spaso-Borodino Convent, founded by Margarita Tuchkova in 1839
This year Russia celebrates the 200th anniversary of the 1812 Patriotic War and its victory over French army headed by Napoleon.
The 1812 campaign, named the Patriotic War by the Russians, is known to many foreigners primarily through Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which recounts how the seemingly invincible Corsican, Napoleon, tasted defeat. Initially outnumbered by the French, the two Russian armies retreated, avoiding major battles. They eventually joined forces at Smolensk, where Field Marshal Kutuzov took command over the Russian forces. The bloodiest battle was fought on Sept. 7 at Borodino, a little more than 60 miles west of Moscow. The Russians consider it their victory although the Russian army had to retreat after a battle that was inconclusive in the military sense.
Historians of the period are still trying to separate facts from fiction while archeologists continue finding artifacts on the Borodino field.
125 km west of Moscow stands the Borodino open-air museum. There are more than 200 monuments dedicated to the Russian-French War of 1812 and World War II
Mounted Kalmyk archers were instrumental in defeating the French in 1812
We went to the Russian Versailles to marvel at a Napoleonic ball, learn the history of the many Peterhof’s statues and find out how a trick fountain can make tourists get wet.
Alexander Potemkin is the man behind ARCCF, a foundation of goodwill celebrating 20 years of cultural cooperation
The “Cossack village” festival was held in “Luzhniki” Olympic complex on the 17th of October 2012. It commemorated 200th anniversary of the Cossacks gathering that set the task of expelling Napoleon forces from Moscow.
The Battle of Borodino has been brought to life in London
The uniforms worn during Napoleonic Wars represent the most elaborate display of pomp in the whole history of military dress
In Russia the Borodino battlefield has achieved an almost spiritual significance, and has been preserved as a national shrine
On Sept. 1, the International Military Music Festival ‘Spasskaya Tower’ opened in Moscow, bringing an air of sincerity and joy to the ordinarily stress-laden metropolis
Two hours of clanking swords, firing canons, hundreds of horses, tons of armor and pure fun for spectators. The famed 1812 Battle of Borodino has been reconstructed in the Moscow region, marking its bicentenary jubilee.
A little while ago, RBTH Correspondent Alberto Caspani reported on the sights and sounds around Borodino, as the village prepared to open celebrations on the 200th anniversary of the battle with Napoleon
Virginia’s Mark Schneider will portray the French Emperor at the bicentennial reenactment of the Battle of Borodino
When the Grand Armée of Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812, Russians responded in a variety of ways. Inspired by domestic popular prints and by British caricature, a handful of patriotic Russian artists created the Russian caricature tradition.
200 years after the battle, archeologists continue finding artifacts on the Borodino field
Descendents of the heroes of the Battle of Borodino describe what the event meant to their families
The Borodino Battle Museum Panorama gives an opportunity to witness historic events of the 1812 Patriotic War with Napoleon.
Organizers of the large-scale reenactment of a major battle between Russian and French troops hope the event will remind people that Borodino was not the only battle of the Patriotic War of 1812