Byelorussian Craftsmen in Late 17th Century Russia and their Influence on Moscovite Architecture

...The strongly traditional art and architecture of Muscovy began to succumb to influences from neighbouring Slavic and Western European states...


...many records have survived of the recruitment of craftsmen from Belarus into Muscovite service...

...several projects on which Belarusians were employed were of considerable significance for the further development of Russian architecture and applied art... 
The heightened receptiveness to foreign culture which arose amongst certain members of the Muskovite nobility ...[was] reflected in art and architecture. Belarusian craftsmen played a significant role in this Westernising process...
  

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