Concerns the work done for a complex restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord on Kizhi Island as to the end of 2008 VkontakteFacebook

Authors of the report

Popov N.L., Deputy Director of Restoration of Kizhi Pogost Monuments (general management of the report preparation, editing all sections of the report). Glueshko I.M., Chief of the Department of Preparation and Provision for Restoration of Kizhi Pogost Monuments (preparation of materials and texts for sections II.13, II.14, III,1). Kuusela A.S., Principal engineer of the Department of Preparation and Provision for Restoration of Kizhi Pogost Monuments (report preparation, execution of report, computer graphics, design). Nabokova O.A., Chief curator of the museum collections (preparation of materials for sections III.10 and III.11).

Introduction

The Open-Air Museum Kizhi Director E.V.

The report given below concerns the work done for a complex restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord on Kizhi Island as to the end of 2008. The main emphasis is made on the measures taken in 2008.

The preparatory works that had been done before are expounded in the similar reports for previous years (2004–2007) in detail. The given report includes principal sections (see «Main Stages of Works on the Restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island and their Fulfillment vs. Time. 1999–2014. The situation described as to the end of 2008»: Section II. «Preparatory period. 2002–2008» Section III. «Fulfillment of main restoration works. 2007–2014».

The sections are supplied with graphic materials and photos that provide insight into the progress and results of the work done. It is necessary to mention that most part of the preparatory works is being finished, and it turns gradually into the stage of the restoration proper. There is every reason to believe that the event of successful completion of all preparatory works in 2009 creates favorable conditions for starting restoration of the church and refectory log walls and reconstruction of the foundation in the beginning of 2010 already.

The measures taken in 2008 as well as the results are given in all details in different sections of the present report. They are of great interest to expert-restorers because this is both first experience of such work and, the restoration object is the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord i. e. a unique monument of wooden architecture mentioned in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

It is good that the Government of Russian Federation is aware of the importance of preserving Kizhi Pogost as one of the objects of World Cultural Heritage and this is why approved by Decree № 1633-p (as of 07.11.2008) «The Schedule of Measures on Preserving Kizhi Ensemble and Developing infrastructure of the „Kizhi“ Museum». Budgetary funds to the total sum of 396,2 mln.RUB have been appropriated within the bounds of the above mentioned Decree for the restoration and protection of Kizhi Pogost monuments for a period of 2009–2014, including 316,9 mln.RUB intended for the complex restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration. At the present moment the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation elaborates the documentation concerning methods and financing plans for restoration works.It goes without saying that the unprecedented measures taken by the Government of Russia to stimulate the museum’s growth should raise the standards of our work to a higher level and thus secure the preservation of objects of cultural heritage according to world standards.

The authors of the report expect fair and unprejudiced consideration and will be thankful for expressing suggestions and wishes.

E.V.Averyanova, The Open-Air Museum Kizhi Director
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