Staraya Ladoga, Capital of Rus

Staraya Ladoga Historical Festival of the Early Middle Ages
Staraya Ladoga village (Leningrad Region)

Geographical, cultural and historical context

Staraya Ladoga is a village in the Leningrad Region, located on the Volkhov River near Lake Ladoga, 8 km north of the town of Volkhov. The village used to be a prosperous trading outpost in the 8-9th centuries. A multi-ethnic settlement, it was dominated by Scandinavians and the first Rus prince, Rurik, was called in Ladoga in 862. For this reason, the village is often called the first capital of Rus.

Event description and programme

The annual military historical festival “The First capital of Rus”, dedicated to the early Middle Ages, is held on the territory of the historical museum “Staraya Ladoga”. The event continues and develops the tradition of the historical reenactment of the early Middle Ages in Staraya Ladoga and is intended to acquaint the visitors with the origins of Russian statehood, life and traditions of the military population of the ancient Rus and their nearest neighbours.

Representatives of reenactment clubs from different parts of Russia and from abroad demonstrate daily life and crafts of the 9-11th centuries and organize workshops on ancient arts and crafts. Racing boats, Viking market, demonstration of ancient weapons, tournaments, battles involving about 150 participants and music performances are also included into the program.

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Association/organization name: Staraya Ladoga museum-reserve; historical re-enactment clubs; cultural historical center “Ragnar”
Museum-reserve “Staraya Ladoga”
Address: Staraya Ladoga village, Volkhovsky district, Leningrad Region, Russia
Tel.: +7 8129816131 | +7 9052824171

Image: Staraya Ladoga Museum-reserve
Text sources: Staraya Ladoga Museum-reserve


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