This floating castle appears to be from an enchanted fable, but in actuality it is Europe's best preserved Renaissance water castle.
Three words: underwater. archeological. expedition. At The Krasnodar State Historic and Archeological Museum, deep-sea dives are one of the many ways the staff curates artifacts for their exhibits. In operation for over a century, the Museum is celebrated for its exhibits of the peoples and tribes who previously lived in the Russian territory of the Kuban.
Before curators began combing the sea floor for interesting items to display, the Museum’s first exhibit was conceived by a local historian and storyteller. Eugene Dmitrievich Felitsyn curated the Museum’s first collection after amassing a substantial amount of curious commodities. In his occupation as the Secretary for the Kuban Regional Statistic Committee, Felitsyn met many acquaintances – and gathered artifacts – along the way.
Felitsyn’s collection was transformed into the Museum’s first exhibit. Over time, it quickly grew in size and renown, with the amassed amount of historical objects ranging from books, coins, weapons, jewelry, and ancient pottery. In 1936, the museum was officially named the Krasnodar Historical and Archeological Museum.
Thirty years later, the Museum found a new home in a stately, luxurious 19th century mansion – seen above – formerly owned by a pair of influential Russian merchants. The collection (now at 5,000 artifacts!) continues to expand and educate visitors about archeology, nature, and history of the Kuban. Today, it is the largest Museum complex in the North Caucasus region, no doubt aided by the treasures uncovered on their underwater quests!
Written by: Kelly Murray
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