White Town wall in central Moscow to become museum exhibit

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The White Town wall, recently discovered in Khokhlovskaya Square in central Moscow, will be conserved and “museified” to make it suitable for interactive use and for diverse events, welcome2018.com was informed by Moscow’s head archaeologist Leonid Kondrashev.

"It has been decided to conserve the wall as an outdoor museum exhibit,” Kondrashev said. “The designers have a new agenda now. Temporary conservation has been sufficient so far to secure the wall’s physical integrity. It’s an interesting concept, and the designers enjoy creative liberty. The decision goes beyond keeping the wall on display, envisaging its use for all kinds of events.”

The 16th-century White Town wall section at Khokhlovskaya Square, near Pokrovskie Vorota, was unearthed in 2007. The site was being primed for an amusement centre with underground parking, but the project was abandoned right away when the valuable ruin was found. The wall will be open to the public.

The White Town wall was built to the design of Fyodor Kon, who had supervised the construction of the Smolensk Kremlin. It was the longest fortress wall in Russia during the Middle Ages. Its fortifications were Moscow’s main line of defence when Polish troops besieged the city in 1610-1612. The fortress, which had fallen into disrepair, was pulled down at the end of the 18th century. The stones were used in other buildings. Bulvarnoye Koltso now runs where the wall had stood.