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Rhat, ethnographical club of old-Russian traditional military culture
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4 Bolshaya Moskovskaya St.,
Veliky Novgorod

+7 921 705 95 09



58.51623400, 31.28586800
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Novgorod historical and ethnographical club Rhat (warrior-host) began its activity in 1996. Originally it was conceived as a place of meeting of the people who are interested in old-Russian history, traditions, but during some time it had turned to club in which the main attention is given to old-Russian military culture in all its manifestations.

The members of the club Rhat are studying practically all life aspects of professional medieval warrior in Russia. They study the period since 9th century, the time of standing of statehood at the territories of Novgorod, to 14th - 15th centuries the epoch of clearing of the Tatar yoke and the formation of the state with the center in Moscow. The program of training includes skills of using the medieval weapon, skills of fisticuffs and wrestling. Skills to make an armour by yourself and to be able to repair it in field conditions are obligatory. Warriors study to sit in the saddle, to sail and to row. The musical culture also is an integral part of a life of modern warriors.

The club is constant participant of many Russian historical festivals on reconstruction of medieval battles. During the time of existence of the club his members have visited Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Tver, Tula, Kolomna, Vyborg, Priozersk, Novomoskovsk and many other Russian cities. They took part in filming in Great Novgorod, Pskov, Izborsk, Tula, participated in the international festivals in Tartu (Estonia) and Vizby (Sweden). Annually in April in Great Novgorod historical and ethnographical club Rhat organizes the festival devoted to a victory of prince Alexander Nevsky in the battle on lake Chudskoe. Fighters from many clubs of Russia and the former Soviet republics take part in this festival. Under the given festival the tournament and the reconstruction of battlefield are carried out.

Besides the main activities, the club organizes demonstrational performances (including performances with the participation of spectators), which dip us to the world of medieval Novgorod and allow to touch a history. You can order the following programs:

  • Games, ceremonial competitions of Russian man's tradition: the program shows to the spectator several games (both children's, and military), which occurred at the territory of the Novgorod Region.
  • Ceremonies of man's dedication: the program shows a cycle of tests, which are passed by a young soldier, the process of his transition from adolescents to men.
  • Selection and dedication to the prince's armed force: selection of the best warriors among all, who are ready to this.
  • Tournament: the program shows all variety of kinds of the medieval weapon and ways of possession of it, as in single (1 X 1), so in mass kinds of fight (4 X 4, wall to wall).
  • Historical conversations at the club drawing room on topics: arms of an old-Russian warrior of 12th - 14th cc, ceremonies of military tradition and culture in Russia, games of military tradition and military entertainments which have lived up to nowdays (with demonstration of subjects of arms and an armour).

The Church of the Archangel Michael is located near the German and Gothic courtyards and is mentioned in connection with the fires in 1152 and 1181.

The stone temple was founded in 1300 and completed in 1302. In 1547, the Church of the Archangel Michael burned in a great fire on the Trade Side. During the Swedish occupation, the temple did not suffer losses; the iconostasis with the royal doors, utensils and books were preserved in it.

Around 1553 - 1555, next to the Church of the Archangel Michael, the Church of the Annunciation was built, connected to it by a passage with a passage gate, repeating in this composition the old fenced yard. Later, a stone gallery was attached to the southern wall of the Church of the Annunciation, leaning on an arcade - the gallery connected the building into a single complex with the Church of the Archangel Michael.

Presumably, in the southern part of the gallery there was a belfry, which at the end of the 17th century was replaced by a stone hipped bell tower, which completed the formation of the ensemble.

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