HOLY RUSSIA

Born in the spirit. Baptism of Russia and the triumph of Christian faith

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29. MANUSCRIPT. OSTROMIR GOSPEL

1056–1057

One of the scribes - Deacon Gregory. Kiev or Novgorod

294 pp. Parchment; ink, vermilion, paint, gold

35.5 x 29.0

Accession: 1806, Emperor Alexander I

Was housed in St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Novgorod. In 1701 the book was already kept in the Church of the Resurrection of the Moscow Kremlin. In 1720 it was brought to Petersburg. In 1805 it was rediscovered by Ya.A. Druzhinin, Catherine the Great’s private secretary, among the deceased empress’ personal belongings.

Restored by E.Kh. Trei in 1955; is kept unbound

Russian National Library

inv. F.п.I.5

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