Volgograd Museum-Reserve of the XVIII century German colony "Old Sarepta" will offer guests tours of ancient caves inhabited by ghosts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, museum director Alexander Bazhenov told welcome2018.com.
"Under each of the 26 buildings of the Museum-Reserve there is an underground entrance, once they were all connected by a single passage that went beyond the colony in case of an emergency evacuation,” Bazhenov said. “According to the legend the dungeon has hidden gold. It is guarded by the mechanical Knight Ghost who spears everyone who does not know the password. What's interesting – is that the first question that tourists ask, is not "Is there really gold?", but "What is the password?"
The fans also will be able to get acquainted with the unique hybrid of Russian and German cuisine. “Numerous fans from abroad that will come to the World Cup matches in Volgograd will be able to visit the unique “European island” preserved from the XVIII century architecture - Protestant church with an organ, pharmaceutic house and wine cellars. One of the features of our museum-reserve is a mixture of German and Russian cuisine. For example, the famous German gingerbread known to any European we serve with Russian culinary invention - watermelon honey," Bazhenov said.
He said that for the most part tourism in Volgograd is connected with the military and historical monuments and museums dedicated to the Battle of Stalingrad.
"It's quite natural. However, our museum is a Russian version of the popular trend in Europe - living history. Here tourists can try to press mustard oil themselves, since the colonists were the first to establish mustard production in Russia. Or to try to write a letter with a quill pen," Bazhenov said.
In 2018 Volgograd will host four matches of the group stage of the World Cup. Games will take place on June 18, 22, 25 and 28.
Museum-Reserve "Old Sarepta" was created in 1989 on the basis of the preserved historical and architectural complex of the colony of the religious Herrnhuter Sarepta Brethren. The museum is included in the number of sites of historical and cultural heritage of federal importance.
On September 14, 1765, at the invitation of Empress Catherine the Great the missionaries from the Fraternal Union from Herrnhut founded Sarepta colony 28 versts south of Tsaritsyn (now Volgograd). The main goal of the Union was to preach gospel among nomadic and mountain people of south-east Russia.
There were only a few dozen of these settlements in the world. Herrnhuters considered themselves followers of the teachings of Jan Hus, so they are called the Moravian or Czech brothers. The name "Sarepta", like names of many other Herrnhuters’ colonies, was taken from the Bible. It symbolized the selfless faith in God and abundance granted for it.
Currently the museum-reserve is a major cultural, tourist, scientific research and methodical center of Volgograd. It covers an area of 7.1 hectares, includes 27 buildings, including 23 federal monuments of XVIII - XX centuries. The complex has high scientific potential and qualified personnel, the museum preserves, studies and promotes the material and spiritual heritage of people of the Lower Volga region.