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14 Mar 2012

Archaeological Museum Berestie to welcome three millionth visitor

Archaeological Museum Berestie to welcome three millionth visitor

BREST, 13 March (BelTA) – The Archaeological Museum Berestie, the affiliate of the Brest Oblast Local Lore Museum, is getting ready to welcome its three-millionth visitor in 2012 which is the year of its 30th anniversary, BelTA learnt from director of the museum Svetlana Shcherba.

The museum of the East Slavonic medieval town, the only one in Europe, is one of the most popular museums in Brest Oblast. More than 2.9 million people from 37 countries of the world have visited the museum since it was opened.

According to Svetlana Shcherba, the museum is expecting its three-millionth visitor in April or May. The honored guest will receive a memento.

Some other events will be organized in Brest to mark the anniversary of the museum. On 29 June the Brest State University named after A.S. Pushkin will host a scientific conference “Brest: History and Present Day”. Attending the conference will be scientists, art historians, professors of universities of Brest Oblast and local historians. Later in the afternoon a theatrical performance will be staged near the museum.

The Archaeological Museum Berestie was opened on 2 March 1982, on the site of archeological excavations which had been done since 1968. This is a unique museum of the East Slavonic medieval town. The museum is situated on the territory of the Volinsk bastion of the Brest Fortress. The central exposition is a big excavation of more than 1,000 square meters. At the depth of 4 meters you can see a part of a market square featuring the walls of 28 wooden houses, one-story houses made of conifer, two planking streets, fences and the remains of wattle-and-daub stoves dating back to the 11th-13th centuries. Archaeological evidence is on display in 14 halls of the museum. The exposition tells about the economic and cultural life of Berestie, crafts and trade relations.



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