Learn in several seconds: New plaques with QR codes appear on Moscow’s historical buildings

December 21, 2020

Plaques with QR codes have appeared on the facades of the Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum and the Rusakov House of Culture. By scanning the code, the user opens the Know Moscow website and can read the history of these cultural landmarks.

The plaques are installed by agreement and supervised by the Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage. They are installed on architectural landmarks that are listed as cultural heritage objects and on newly recognised cultural heritage sites, as well as on other historical buildings.

“This year, a total of 200 new plaques with QR codes, including those replacing existing damaged ones, were installed on cultural heritage landmarks, including city estates, civil architecture and religious landmarks. Among the buildings are educational and medical facilities, Orthodox Church parishes, museums and residential buildings. Thanks to the QR codes, people can quickly learn their history,” said Alexei Yemelyanov, Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage.

The 30 x 40 cm plaques are made of plastic and feature the name of the building and the QR code that can be read using a mobile phone camera or a special app. The plaque is installed on the building wall using double sided tape; special brackets are used to install them on fences to avoid damage to the building.

By scanning the QR code, the user opens the landmark’s page at the Know Moscow website where they can read a note about the site’s history in Russian and English, and where they can also learn about the condition of the building and see archive and contemporary photos and videos, plus listen to audio recordings.

QR codes can be found on many buildings in Moscow, including on the Slobodsky and Lefortovo palaces, the Church of St Nicholas in Pyzhi, the Alexei Losev House, the Pushkin 3rd Sokolnicheskoye School, the Nirenzee House, the Iveron Community of Sisters of Mercy, and the John the Warrior Church. The QR codes help Muscovites and tourists learn about the architecture and the history of Moscow: they only need to stop and reach for their smartphones.

Source: mos.ru

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