The Patriarch's Hall in the Kremlin, Moscow, is an old Russian edifice, built in the 17th century as a residence for the religious leaders of Moscow.
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Background: The Patriarch's Hall in the Kremlin, Moscow, is an old Russian edifice, built in the 17th century as a residence for the religious leaders of Moscow.
It is the Kremlin's seventh museum to date, just opened to exhibit applied arts and household articles common in the 17th century.
The displays show how people lived in Russia three centuries ago, and the objects they used.
This is the reception hall, where foreign ambassadors were received and banquets given. At the end of the 18th century, it was turned into a shop for brewing anointment. A furnace with silver bowls was installed and a wooden porch was added with carved wooden ornamentation. The anointment was used for christenings, the blessing of new churches, and coronations.
Gold and silver ware was the correct thing in the 17th century. Magnificent cups usually served decorative purposes, but there were also drinking cups, gilt dishes, vinegar and pepper vessels, dippers, and wine cups.
The new museum exhibits furniture, gold and silver cloth, icons, and jewelry, all done by folk artisans. There are authentic interiors.
The Patriarch's Hall exhibit of 17th century applied art and household articles is part of a big show of Russian history.