HALL 7. ANCIENT STATE REGALIA AND CEREMONIAL ITEMS OF THE 13TH - 18TH CENTURIES

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Hall 7. Ancient state regalia and ceremonial items of the 13th-18th centuries

A unique historical and cultural complex of state regalia of the 14th-17th centuries displayed in the hall has been formed on the base of the most ancient part of the Great Princes’ and Tsar’s treasury.

Crowns, barmy (regalia collar), sceptres, orbs and other insignia were an essential part of court official ceremonies, such as setting for reigning, diplomatic receptions and coming out of Russian Tsars. Many of those regalia became hereditary and soon assumed importance as political symbols. The complex includes a well-known 'Cap of Monomach'. Up to the early 18th century, the sovereigns were crowned with the Cap. This collection of ancient Russian regalia is the largest in Europe.

The unique thrones of the Russian sovereigns form a significant part of the collection as well.

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