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Old Russian Culture

Old Russia is the term used to describe the period in Russian history between the adoption of Christianity in the late tenth century and the reforms of Peter the Great in the late seventeenth century, which overturned secular and religious life in Russia. This corresponds to the years when the rest of Europe was experiencing the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

A unique form of religious culture based on Orthodox Christianity was created during the Old Russian period. The main elements of this culture were icons, frescoes, church architecture and jewellery. Old Russian culture developed gradually over the centuries and was mainly linked to the decoration of church interiors and the holding of religious services.

Very few early examples of Old Russian art have survived and most works were discovered by archaeologists during excavations. Medieval Russian jewellery is distinguished for its great mastery and unique artistic style.

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