International Friendship Club of Tver State Medical University and teachers of the Department of Russian language organized and conducted a bus tour to the ancient Russian city of Staritsa and the City of Military Glory of Rzhev for foreign students of our university on September 21, 2022.
During the tour, the children got acquainted with significant corners of the Tver land, learned many interesting and important facts related to the history and culture of our region.
First, the students went to Rzhev, where, after tour around the city center, they visited a branch of the Victory Museum - a memorial complex in memory of all the soldiers of the Great Patriotic War, erected on the site of the bloody battles near Rzhev 1942-1943. During the tour, the children heard a story about one of the most terrible pages of the Second World War, and also visited the museum pavilion with multimedia the exposition, where they looked at documentary photographs, got acquainted with letters from front–line and memories of soldiers participating in battles. Sri Lankan student Malavara Upeksha from group 424 tells about her impressions like this: "I have already seen a monument to a Soviet soldier during a concert dedicated to Victory Day, but in reality it is even more grandiose and majestic. I especially liked the birds that hold the statue of a soldier in the air. They are very symbolic." Sandipa Himire, a student of group 225 from Nepal, says: Russian soldiers' names were stamped on the walls of the memorial, and I was amazed. There are so many of them that you can not even read them all. Moreover, all these people died fighting for their land. It's very impressive."
The tour of Staritsa introduced foreign students not only to the history of this beautiful city, but also to ancient Russian architecture. The central event was a visit to the Assumption Monastery, which is a whole complex of buildings dating back to the XVI century: cathedral, churches, font, tomb, chapel, mausoleum. Beautiful view opening from the walls of the monastery to the banks of the Volga River with ancient buildings located on them. The students were very interested in what they saw and asked a lot of questions. They were also impressed by the decoration of the Trinity Cathedral.
Indian student of group 430 Gautam Kumar commented on his feelings: "I really like being here, I feel calm and good, like at home!"
We thank the organizers of the excursion program for an interesting and informative event. However, the best gratitude for them, of course, was the sincere emotions of the students and their desire to visit important places of our country with excursions in the future.