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Old English Court

The oldest official representative office of a foreign country
existing in Moscow. The ancient chambers and the museum
tell about the life of the English merchant house
in the 16–17th centuries and about the development
of relationship between Russia and England.
The chambers of the Old English Court is one of the oldest buildings in the capital. This monument of civil architecture was erected at the beginning of the 16th century and its history is closely connected with Zaryadye, the beginning and formation of Russian-English relationship, which flourished during the reign of Tsar Ivan IV and Queen Elizabeth I. In 1555, the Moscow Company was established in London. In 1556 it received a gift from Ivan the Terrible — the court in Moscow on Varvarka street.
In 1994 in the ancient chambers, with the participation of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, a museum was opened. From 2013 to 2014, large-scale restoration works were carried out in the building. In January 2016, the museum presented an updated exhibition dedicated to the life of the English merchant house on Varvarka in the 16-17th centuries and the development of relations between England and Muscovy. In the recreated interiors, guests will see copies of old books and documents, as well as the reconstruction of household items that accompanied Englishmen during their  travels in Russia and in dangerous sea expeditions, that brought the two powerful countries together during the Age of Discovery.
Today, the Old English Court, located in one of the most picturesque areas of Zaryadye, has become the park's place, where you can see a collection of objects found at different times on the territory of Zaryadye and Kitay-gorod. The centuries-old history of the building, inextricably connected with the area, made it easy to fit the museum into excursion routes and event program of the park.

Dear visitors! In connection with the decrees of the Mayor of Moscow, privilege tickets sale for visitors over 65 has been temporarily suspended. Please note that during the visit you must use a face mask and keep a social distance of 1.5 meters. If you have a temperature or respiratory disease symptoms, you can’t visit the park.

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Visiting the Old English Court
26 February 2021
Old English Court
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