Friday, January 13, 2017

The Museum community is asking the authorities “not to make the situation with Isaac in the end” – RIA Novosti


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S.-PETERBURG, 13 Dec — RIA Novosti. the Creative Union of Museum workers of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region counts on the cooperation of the city authorities and the Russian Orthodox Church in the transmission of St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church, while, according to the Union, this decision may lead to the elimination of the Museum complex.

Previously, the press Secretary of the Governor of St. Petersburg Andrei Kibito said that this issue has been resolved in favor of the Church. According to Vice-Governor Mikhail Mokretsov, the legal status of the building of St. Isaac’s Cathedral will not change after its transfer to the gratuitous use of the Russian Orthodox Church, which can take less than three years. The Church, for her part, promises to expand Museum activities and to cancel the entrance fee to the Cathedral.

“in Spite of recent events, the Museum community of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region hopes that the administration of St. Petersburg and the Russian Orthodox Church will find opportunities in order to lead the situation to a deadlock. It seems to us that given the far from unambiguous assessment of the announced decisions resulting in elimination of one of the most successful museums of Russia, we will be able to continue to work together on finding the right path – the path of cooperation and collaboration, not confrontation,” reads the statement of the Presidium of the creative Union of Museum workers of the city and region.

As noted in the statement, the authors fear the destruction of the Isaac as a Museum-monument. “It is impossible not to ask the question, for what destroyed the Museum? That is destroyed, no doubt, as the work of any Museum is a work of his team, and it is clear that not all employees of public institutions of culture is ready to become employees of religious organizations”, — say representatives of the Museum community.

According to them, the state Museum “St. Isaac’s Cathedral” has, among other things, “the enduring sacred significance for several generations of Museum workers of Leningrad”, and its permanent exhibition “To remember” perceived as a monument to the heroism of the Museum in wartime.

Saint Isaac’s Cathedral was built in 1818-1858 years by architect Auguste Montferrand. Its height exceeds 100 meters, and the inner area — more than 4 thousand square meters. The Russian government handed over St. Isaac’s Cathedral property in St. Petersburg in October 2012. Three years later St. Petersburg diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church appealed to the city authorities with the request to transfer the building of St. Isaac’s Cathedral for free use, but was refused. The city government then took the decision to maintain St. Isaac’s Cathedral in the operational management of the state Museum-monument “St. Isaac’s Cathedral”.

the Cathedral with a biblical name: the grandeur and opulence of Isaac


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