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Discovering Karelia

In April the students who study Russian at our university have made some excursions. During the bus-foot tour around the central part of Petrozavodsk our foreign students have got acquainted with interesting historical and modern facts of the city. For example, they have found out, that

• in the XVIIIth century English engineers participated in building of the Arms Factory,
• in Petrozavodsk, as well as in many Russian cities, there is Eternal flame in memory of those who perished in the terrible SWW,
• in Petrozavodsk has about ten foreign twin-cities which sculptural gifts decorate the Onega embankment


Even the changeable April weather couldn’t disturb and all participants were happy with such a tour.
But it was only the beginning. A few days after that event The Karelian State Museum of Regional History led the unusual dramatized excursion for our students. «Hospitable Karelia» (program’s name) covered different epochs: from the Stone Age till the century of XIXth. Students from Finland, the UK, South Korea, Italy and the USA have got acquainted

• with ancient rites of the epochs of petroglyphs and shamanism,
• with Christian and national way of country life of the XVIII-XIX centuries,
• with traditions occurring in the environment of the provincial nobility of the XVIII-XIX centuries.

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The program has ended with the improvised ball on which pairs of students under ancient music have executed some graceful pas de deux.

Thus, the students who are interested in both studying Russian and the Russian history and culture have made the travel not only in memorable places of Petrozavodsk and museum’s expositions, but also through the time.


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