10 centuries of history come to life outside St. Petersburg

Over the past decade, Russia has experienced an uptick in the popularity of hobbies that allow participants to delve into a completely different reality. Some people put on a costume and are transported to the world of their favorite book or movie, while others recreate the past in the pursuit of historical accuracy.

Reenactors try to bring the martial traditions of a given time back to life, along with the costumes and living conditions that accompanied them. Historical reenactment festivals have taken place annually for 8 years at the Staraya Ladoga Fortress (130 kilometers to the east of St. Petersburg). This year was the second international festival. It brought together local clubs of history lovers and reenactors from Norway, Sweden, Germany, Poland, and the Baltic nations. 

The first historical reenactment societies in Russia appeared at the beginning of the 1990s. The movement quickly became popular. Historical reenactments take place in all shapes and sizes, ranging from knights' jousting tournaments to the full reenactment of the Battle of Borodino.

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