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VELIKY NOVGOROD, September 29. /TASS/. Builders and restorers completed the conservation of the ruins of the temple of the Annunciation in the Ryurik ancient settlement by the Great Novgorod. A cultural monument of the XII-XIV centuries, has received a glass roof and infrared heaters that will help to keep the old building and part of fresco, said to journalists on Friday one of the developers of the restoration project Mikhail Futoran.

“The work on the walls, a glass roof with an area of 83 sq. m. infrared heaters are Installed, their task is to support in building the optimal temperature of plus 8 degrees, he said. – Restoration work on the Church of the Annunciation is a unique option of preserving the ancient object in which the temple is not build anew, so it has not lost its authenticity”.

During restoration works builders and restorers relied on archival data, research historians, archaeologists and architects, said Futorian . “Where we had no architectural or descriptive grounds, we did nothing. So, for example, the Church has no dome, but the authenticity of the buildings saved by 60-70%,” he said.

As explained by Futoran, for the first time in the Ryurik ancient settlement, a Church was erected nearly 900 years ago, but in two years built a new Church, capturing about two-thirds of the floor space. The Foundation of the new buildings went stones and plates XII century, so archaeologists had to simultaneously excavate two ancient buildings. After preservation, the temple would appear to visitors as it was in the XIV century and the Foundation of walls and towers “predecessor” marked concrete ribbons. For better preservation of the monument tourists will have to examine it from a special deck, erected above the ground, said the restorer.

About the project

In the Novgorod Museum-reserve TASS said that the cost of repairing and conservation of churches will be about 120 million rubles. Project in the framework of the programme “Preservation and use of cultural heritage in Russia” is financed by the International Bank for reconstruction and development and the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation. As explained Deputy General Director of the Museum Olga Soboleva, to display the facility will be open before the end of 2018.

“We plan to organize this monument of culture media exposure. Tourists there will show short films about the history of the temple and Rurik settlement”, she said.

According to her, in the video, including, including excerpts from the gospel of the XII century. The book, which is now kept in the State historical Museum in Moscow, was a gift – a contribution of Prince Mstislav, which built the Church of the Annunciation.

Church of the Annunciation in the Settlement is included in the world heritage list of UNESCO. The temple is considered to be the second oldest stone building in Novgorod after the Saint Sophia Cathedral (1045), which is the oldest such structure in Russia.