The exhibition is devoted to “the greatest of the saints of ancient Russia” Sergius of Radonezh and to the monastery founded by him. The exhibition presents Sergius of Radonezh both as a saint and a real historical figure whose name goes hand in hand with the liberation of Russia from the Golden Horde. The History of Hegumen of Radonezh and his monastery is shown in the context of all-Russian history between the 14th and 20th centuries.
One of the central places in the exposition is rendered for the authentic relics: the legendary “Service Book belonged to Sergius of Radonezh”, ” Service Book” and “Gospels” belonged to the Saint Nikon of Radonezh, the famous illuminated manuscript “Life of St. Sergius” dated to the late 16th century, and also icons, documents and holy embroidery of the 14th and 15th centuries. You will be the first visitors who will see all the ten fragments of the unique embroidered camp iconostasis of the 15th century.
You will see also such rarities as the Illuminated Compiled Chronicle and the Gennadius Bible of 1499, rare engravings and prints of the 18th century, original manuscripts, icons, splints, engravings, portraits, documents, works of decorative and applied arts, pilgrim souvenirs made from various materials.
The exposition (about 400 items) contains the objects from the collections of the Historical Museum. The valuable exhibits were also provided by the Moscow Kremlin Museums, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Preserved Grounds and Museum “Kolomenskoye”, the Vladimir-Suzdalian Museum, The Museum “Alexander’s Sloboda”, the Russian State Library, the Archives of Ancient Documents, the Metropolia of Russian Orthodox Old Believers’ Church, and by owners of private collections.