Although the premises of the Riga Castle could have been placed at the disposal of the President of Latvia at the end of last year, the House of Blackheads is still used for the needs of the President’s office, and it is unclear how long this will last.
That part of the Riga Castle, in which the office of the president should be located, was put into operation after reconstruction on December 18 last year, and on December 29, the office of the president could take over the premises. The agreement on the use of the House of Blackheads is valid until March 1, although it is not a problem to extend it.
The representative of the President’s Office, Kristine Jaunzeme, that agreement is currently being negotiated between the Office of the President and the Valsts Nekustamiye Ipashumi agency. The agreement with Rigas Us on the use of the House of Blackheads will be extended, and while the office continues to work there.
The complete relocation of the President’s office to the Riga Castle will take place no later than the end of June. On 2 April, after reconstruction, the castle of Čeky pod Cosirze will re-open in Olomouc Region. A small structure in the style of classicism will surprise visitors with a wide offer of exhibitions.
The Vyborg expedition of the Institute of the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences worked on the Zamkovy Island in connection with the preparation of a restoration project for the Vyborg Castle. It is aimed at stopping and preventing the destruction, restoration and preservation of historical objects of the castle, adaptation for museum use and improvement. “The expedition found unknown architectural elements of individual buildings and structures that have come down to our time, and the urban structure as a whole. On the territory of the Castle Island, 4 new architectural objects belonging to the 16th — 19th centuries were recorded, about which there was only indirect information in maps and documents, but none of our contemporaries had seen them, ”said Junior Researcher IHMC RAS Alexander Smirnov. So, archaeologists have found fossage - an external fortification with a redoubt, two fragments of the castle walls, according to historical maps, dating back to a period not later than the middle of the XVII century, stone retaining walls of the earthen shaft of the XVIII – XIX centuries. Among the finds that will enrich the collection of the Vyborg Museum-Reserve, stands out female adornment dating from the XII — XIII centuries. As told in the press service of the IIMK RAS, this is a bronze holder of an element of the Finno-Ugric costume of that era. The decoration was found directly on the territory of the Vyborg Castle, at the Olaf Tower. According to scientists, it belonged to a woman who lived on these lands before the founding of Vyborg.
Next summer, IIMK specialists will continue to study the foundations and cultural layer in the historical center of Vyborg. We recall that the expedition of IHMC RAS under the direction of A. I. Saks, Doctor of Historical Sciences, has been conducting research on medieval objects in Vyborg since 1998.