on 24 may, Russia celebrates the Day of Slavic writing and culture. Holiday timed to the day of remembrance of the preachers brothers Cyril and Methodius, who became founders of the old Slavonic alphabet. Together with Russia it is celebrated in 12 countries.

Exactly a year ago today in pavilion No. 58 “Farming”, at the ENEA center of Slavic writing “the Word.” His exposition is devoted to the Cyrillic alphabet — its history, present and future. 10 interesting facts about only in our country, the center of Slavic literature at

the Pavilion “Agriculture” (“Ukrainian SSR”) built by the architect Alexei Doing the opening of the exhibition in 1954. It is located in the heart of the Central alley of the Exhibition of achievements of national economy. It was one of the largest national pavilions. Its capacity is 24 thousand cubic meters, and the total area of the four halls — more than 1600 square meters. In different years the work here demonstrated the success of the national economy of Ukraine, and after the exposition dedicated to agricultural crops.

the Pavilion was opened after the restoration one year ago — in may 2019. Experts have restored the unique decoration and lined with smalt coat of arms that adorned the entrance to the building. Also restored the original appearance of stained glass “Pereyaslav Rada”, restored the spire and crowning his star, Stela, ceramic, capitals, elements of the arch of the entrance.

Stained glass Windows, lambs, and star: the facades of the pavilion “Agriculture” to VDNKH was returned to its historical appearance.

In 1990-e years the pavilion was busy shopping kiosks. In 2013, the building was closed because it was in disrepair. Large-scale restoration of the pavilion was an important stage of the program of revival of the Soviet era. In parallel with this came the development of the exhibition, which was attended by well-known experts in the field of the history of old Russian language and literature, literary critics and linguists, historians, artists, engineers and designers.

Old books and themed performances: at the ENEA center of Slavic writing “the Word.”

Center of Slavic writing “Word” has no analogues in Russia, and the nearest Museum with similar themes is in Bulgaria.

the Exhibition space is divided into four parts. The first tells of the origin of writing and its development from antiquity to the present days, the second about the relationship of literature with the spiritual, cultural and political life of society. The third is devoted to the letters, and the fourth — “Unwritten culture” of oral speech. It tells of the folklore, the linguistic features and non-verbal communication.

among the main exhibits — inosozdanii Orthodox Church of X–XI centuries and cells medieval monk-scribe, bell with inscribed alphabet that spread the good news, as well as the originals of the first textbooks “Grammar” of Melety Smotritsky, “Arithmetic” Leonty Magnitsky, ABC books, primers and copybooks of XIX–XX centuries.

Visitors can see recreations of the gates of the Nativity Cathedral in Suzdal, on the wings of gold of which depict scenes from the New Testament related to Christ and the virgin.

the exhibition also presents copies of famous works:

— replica Ostromir gospel, the oldest manuscripts of Kievan Rus written by deacon Gregory for the Novgorod mayor Ostromir in the years 1056-1057 (the original is kept in the Russian national library in St. Petersburg);

a replica of the Bible of Francysk Skaryna — the first printed Bible in the Cyrillic alphabet, published in the years 1517-1519 in Prague, the Belarusian enlightener Francis Skaryna (the original is kept in the scientific library of Moscow state University named after M. V. Lomonosov);

— replica “sermon on law and grace” — one of the oldest monuments of old Russian literature.

In the center of the “Word” you can see a reconstruction of the first Russian printing house of Ivan Fedorov. Unfortunately, the historical object to our days has not been preserved. There is a legend that the enemies tried to burn the machine pioneer. The causes have not been proven: even there is a version that the order to destroy the printing press gave Ivan the terrible himself. Therefore, to add realism artists of modern cinema not only created the exhibit, but it burned in the special conditions.

Meditate and disconnect from the bustle of the metropolis in the multimedia exhibit. Sitting in a padded cocoon, and mutes all other sounds, the visitor is listening to Russian folk lullabies and ancient epics, tales and ditties, while enjoying the nature views of Russia in panoramic screen.

Now to arrange a session of relaxation at home. The videos are available for everyone on the site ENEA.

Room with city folklore is one of the favorite places for the youngest visitors of the center. It is decorated in the form of an old pantry with vintage furniture 60-ies of XX century children’s toys. Moving in the room, you can open drawers and doors — in response to hear the voice that tells the kids horror stories.

“Word” is a place of attraction for the lovers of Russian literature and anyone interested in history and culture. During the year work was held here, which are designed both for adults and for children. Among them lectures on the history of the Russian language and Russian culture, regular meetings of the reading club and literary skills, and also the training course to a Total dictation.

Particularly interesting are the workshops, held in the Church Slavonic language, which you can learn to read, understand and even speak some. Also, participants are introduced to basic vocabulary, which may occur in the frescoes, icons and old books.

Calligraphy and lettering are of great interest among guests of the center. Throughout the sessions, participants improve their handwriting, learn the rhythmic organization types of letters, and also transform text into art, starting phrases on the cake and ending with the author’s posters.

In April online workshops in these areas joined more than half a million participants. Recording of classes available for everyone through the link.

In the centre implemented the interactive and multimedia installations. The exhibit “Our alphabet” allows visitors to explore the history of each letter separately.

To create installation specialists found the original engineering solution — to collect separate control Board. Movies can be viewed on the official website of ENEA, pages in social networks, exhibitions and on the center page, “the Word” social network “Instagram”.

the exhibition features more than 40 used LCD monitors and touch screens, 12 projectors, a system of directional sound and panoramic sound.

Learn about the development of writing in Russia and the world, what role it plays in the life of different peoples, and how for many centuries in contact with the spoken language, it is possible in the online program. Virtual tours, master classes, themed events for the holidays and videos about the exhibits have already been seen by over a million people.

In honor of the Day of Slavic writing, the main exhibition of the country is organizing a series of online events. The program will be available on the official website of ENEA and in the pages of the exhibition in social networks, including the account center “the Word” in “Instagram”.

How does ENEA in anticipation of visitors: Muscovites invited to a virtual progulku online programs of the exhibition was attended by more than 1.5 million people

Center of Slavic writing “Word” has become a new point of attraction on VDNH for lovers of the Russian language, lovers of architecture and anyone interested in history and culture. To do online journey to the center without leaving the house on the website

Now the territory of the exhibition is temporarily closed for visitors. To walk around the pavilions and watch informative videos. On videoproducer and talk about what ENEA was in the early 1940’s, when the pavilion “Space” and what attitude were the first astronauts. During the broadcast of the “Moskvarium” viewers will learn than love lako��to be sharks, eels, piranhas and stingrays. While complex in a social network “Instagram” you can observe the life of animals living on the “City farm”.