On 14 May you are welcome to join us on a trip to the one-of-a-kind 17th century fortress in Rostov Veliky (usually referred to simply as Rostov). We will meet with city representatives, help clean up this unique historical site and attend lectures and excursions given by specialists working on a restoration project here.
The Rostov fortress is an important monument with relations to the Old Dutch fortification system, as it was constructed with the help of a Dutch engineer. The object is rare in terms of its preservation level and is a common heritage object for Russia and the Netherlands and a monument that signifies the relationship between the two countries. There are few fortifications of this kind in the world that are so well preserved.
A result of this initiative is a special volunteer day that aims to preserve the Rostov fortress and raise general awareness about this heritage site. One of the main parts of the programme to be performed at the site is a “Subbotnik,” a Russian tradition whereupon people volunteer to spend the day cleaning up and removing refuse from an area. All work must be done by hand as the use of mechanical equipment and tools is not permitted due to the special status of the site. The programme also includes meetings with city administration representatives, lectures on the city and the heritage site development strategy and an excursion to nearby cultural landmarks.
There is a 2-day long programme, but guests are welcome to attend for just one day if they prefer.
10:15 – Arrival to Rostov
10:45 – Meeting with city representatives over tea
11:30 – “Subbotnik”
14:00 – Lunch and meeting with the general architect of the city
15:15 – City tour and a visit to the Nativity Convent
18:00 – Free time
19:00 – Return to Moscow
09:00 – 11:00 – A guided excursion to the local gardening and vegetable farming museum.
11:00 – 13:00 – A guided excursion to Porechye-Rybnoe, a beautiful historical site close to Rostov. On the way to the site you will enjoy amazing views that reminded Friesland to one of the organisers.
We will travel by train. All participants are responsible for buying their own tickets. We will take the following trains:
There: 14 May #102Я Moscow (Yaroslavsky railway station) – Rostov at 07:35
Back: 14 May #105Я Rostov – Moscow at 20:15
Meals will be provided by the organisers. Equipment for the “Subbotnik” will be provided by the organisers
Accommodation: those that will stay for two days are responsible for arranging their own lodging.
Come to celebrate King's Day with NANR! Let's have some fun and celebrate the most colourful and festive Dutch holiday together.
On the 27th of April, on the actual King's Day, we invite all the alumni in St. Petersburg to join the celebration. NANR will provide food and drinks*, you just bring your best party mood and orange outfits!
The participation is free, but you must register.
*Registration includes snacks and one drink of choice per person.