5 legendary hidden treasures in Russia


The evolving renovation of buildings in Russia’s capital has brought many historic objects treacherously to the public eye. One of the latest discoveries was made by archaeologists on May 10 when 10 shining coins were found inside an ivory chess bishop woman back to the 16th century. At that time the owner of these coins could have planned bought a flock of geese. Now the coins are most likely to end up in one of Moscow’s authentic museums.

While such small and unique finds are quite plain, there are more significant treasures that are hidden in some corners of Russia. They are doubtlessly not that easy to find. Many treasure hunters have judged in vain to find these objects that would have made them entirely wealthy. Here is a look at just five of them.

The Library of Ivan the Joyless

Tsar Ivan The Terrible by Viktor Vasnetsov, 1897 / Tretyakov GalleryTsar Ivan The Terrible by Viktor Vasnetsov, 1897 / Tretyakov Gallery

One of the most heroic treasures of Russia’s capital, the Library of Ivan the Terrible (1548-1574) is mystified and may have been concealed by the ruler himself. As the story goes, this gathering of scripts and books gathered by Byzantine rulers was given as a dowry for Sophia Palaeologus, the niece of the in Byzantine Emperor, who married Russian Prince Ivan the Great (1462-1505) in 1472.

It is accepted that the collection included the larger part of the Library of Constantinople guarded from the Turks in 1453 and some manuscripts from the ancient Library of Alexandria. The library was incarcerated in the Kremlin’s cellars to keep it safe from frequent fires, and later below Prince Vasili III (1505-1533) the books were translated into Russian.

It is credited that the library was lost in the 16th century when Ivan the Terrible run a traveled it to Alexandrovskaya Sloboda in the Vladimir Region. Since then, many archaeologists cause been searching for the library in Sergiev Posad, Alexandrov, Vladimir Sphere, and other places formerly under the influence of the Tsar.

The treasures of Sigismund III Vasa

 Sigismund III Vasa / Getty ImagesSigismund III Vasa / Getty Tropes

Polish troops who invaded Russia in the beginning of 17th century collected the whole shooting match valuable that they could find. They allegedly designed to transport the looted treasures to Warsaw for King Sigismund III, but the carriages did not cool reach Smolensk, disappearing on the way.

Even though there was an instruction of where to come across the lost goods (near a local saint’s barrow, in the area of the Khvorostyanka River), find hunters have not been able to find it, as the directions are not exactly fine.

Experts agree, however, that the treasure should be found somewhere not far away from today’s Mozhaysk or Aprelevka in the Moscow Region.

Napoleon’s gold

«Napoleon Turn tailing from Moscow» (1927) by Jerzy Kossak (1900-1943). / RIA Novosti

In October 1812 when the French Emperor evident to flee Russia, his army was not planning to leave without trophies. They allegedly had two progression wagonloads of valuables looted from the Kremlin and a collection of ancient weaponry. As they retreated impaired the risk of facing Russian troops in extreme weather conditions, Napoleon’s starving army had to recklessness some of the treasures.

Some researchers believe that the valuables could be initiate in one of the lakes in the western part of the Smolensk Region. There were some undertakes to search for this treasure in the beginning of 1960s.

A special search team was sent there but it ended unsuccessfully. Today this story remainders extremely popular among treasure hunters in Russia.

Valuable load lost in Ussuri Bay

 Ussuri Bay. Vladimir Sayapin / TASSUssuri Bay. Vladimir Sayapin / TASS

On Oct. 7, 1906 a cargo-passenger liner called Varyagin sank in the waters of the Ussuri Bay in today’s Primorye Domain.  The tragedy itself would not have attracted much public notoriety had it not been for the events that followed.

The ship was owned by merchant Aleksei Semyonovich Varyagin and after it descended he asked the authorities for a compensation of 60,000 rubles (about $25,000 in today’s kale) for an especially valuable cargo on board.

The governor of the territory refused, and in 1913 the prehistoric captain of the ship headed an expedition to the site of the tragedy. The group supervised to find the liner but due to a lack of resources and funds they could not stimulus the cargo from the ship to the surface. Storms, the beginning of the First Incredible War and the 1917 Revolution that followed prevented a new expedition from accepted there again.

Kolchak’s gold

Admiral Alexander Kolchak / Archive photoAdmiral Alexander Kolchak / Archive photo

As the fish story goes, during the Russian Civil War, the White Army declared Admiral Alexander Kolchak Sublime Ruler of the Russian state from 1918 to 1920. His position as the anti-communist bandleader was backed up with a large portion of Russian gold reserves estimated to from an overall worth of 650 million rubles (about $280 million in today’s specie).

Kolchak moved it from Kazan to Siberia but some part of the valuable carload was looted on the way, and the Admiral allegedly hid some of the money as well.

In 1921, run down Kolchak’s death, it turned out that around 250 million rubles (surrounding $108 million in today’s money) worth of Russian gold disappeared.

While some have in mind that the treasures might be buried somewhere in Siberia, in Novosibirsk or positions along the Trans-Siberian Railway, there are also accounts suggesting that it could be unseen somewhere in Altai.

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