For Service and Courage. 250th Anniversary of the Order of St. George

For Service and Courage. 250th Anniversary of the Order of St. George

The exhibition "For Service and Courage. 250th Anniversary of the Order of St. George". That is dedicated to the anniversary of the most honorable military award of the Russian Empire.

The Military Order of St. George was established by decree of Empress Catherine II on November 26 (December 7), 1769. The Order of St. George was the first Russian award that could be awarded not only to members of the upper class, but also to all military men who showed special courage in the service. The choice of St. Great Martyr and Victorious George as the patron of the order, his laconic appearance and principles of rewarding had a great influence on the entire Russian award system.

The first section of the exhibition tells the story of the creation of the order. There are military orders of Europe among the exhibits. They are served as prototypes for the highest military award as well as Russian award—winning predecessors dating back to the reign of Anna Ioannovna and Catherine II. One of the central exhibits of this section is a ceremonial portrait of Empress Catherine II by the famous court artist F. S. Rokotov. A separate section of the exhibition is devoted to the development of the St. George awards system which gradually began to include insignia for lower ranks, award medals on St. George ribbons, St. George silver trumpets, award weapons, banners and standards. The St. George Service is also unique one of the first sets of utensils of the Imperial Porcelain Factory dedicated to Russian orders. The center of the exposition is a gallery of heroes of the military campaigns of the 19th century and the First World War, awarded the highest military award.

In our online-shop you will buy the catalogue for the exhibition.



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