Moscow to subsidise the restoration of 15 religious sites

Moscow to subsidise the restoration of 15 religious sites
This programme saw work on 14 churches in Moscow in 2016.

The city government will subsidise the restoration of 15 cultural heritage sites currently used by religious organisations.

They include architectural monuments such as the bell tower at the 18th-century Church of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God at the Vinogradovo Estate, the 17th-19th century Church of the Nativity of Christ in Varvarino, and the 19th-century bell tower and 16th-century church building at the Rozhdestvensky Monastery.   

The subsidies will be used to restore the bell tower with 17th-century Gateway Church and the St Peter Metropolitan Church at the Vysoko-petrovsky Monastery. Other restoration projects include the refectory with the Church of the Intercession, and the pentagonal tower on the Novospassky Monastery’s western wall, as well as the Great Ascension and Small Ascension churches on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, and the Church of St Louis of the French and the Church of the Nativity of Christ on Turchaninov Pereulok.

“Fourteen cultural heritage sites of religious significance were under restoration through this programme in 2016, with five of them completely restored,” said Alexei Yemelyanov, the head of the Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage. “The programme for subsidising restoration of cultural heritage sites of religious significance covered 39 projects for a total sum of more than 830 million roubles in 2012-2016, and restoration work was fully completed at 19 sites,” Mr Yemelyanov said.

The main sites restored over these four years include the St Clement’s Church on Pyatnitskaya Street, sites at the Patriarchal residence on Chernigovsky Pereulok, five churches in Zaryadye (17th-18th century churches on Varvarka Street and the ancient late 15th-early 16th century St Anna Church), the ensemble of the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow on Bolshaya Ordynka Street, the Church of Sts Peter and Paul at the Vysokopetrovsky Monastery, the Church of of the Holy Martyrs Florus and Laurus by Paveletskaya Square, and the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle Worker at the Novospassky Monastery.

The annual subsidies for religious organisations increased from 200 million to 300 million roubles in 2016.