15 July

Ten Unique Pskov Temples Included in UNESCO List

Ten Unique Pskov Temples Included in UNESCO List

Last Sunday, remarkable news came to Pskov from the capital of Azerbaijan Baku: 10 Pskov churches were included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Here, the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee took place, reports the reporter with the reference to the press service of the D. S. Likhachev Russian Research Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage.

"We congratulate the Russian delegation on inclusion of this nomination in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List", the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan and the Session Chairman Abulfas Garayev expressed his congratulations.


Cathedral of St. John the Baptist


The Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior under the black dome in the XII century was built and painted by masters from Byzantium


 The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin


Church of St. Michael the Archangel with a bell tower


Church of the Intercession of Prolom


Church of Kosma and Damian with Primistya, remnants of the bell tower, gate and fence

Church of St. George from the Importation

Church of the Epiphany with the belfry

Church of St. Nicholas with Usohi

Church of St. Basil the Great on the Hill is considered by many to be the most beautiful in Pskov.

This decision will fundamentally change the sphere of protection of Objects of Cultural Heritage in Pskov. Pskov citizens have been waiting for this event for two decades. The nomination of the List is called "Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture" and includes 10 unique temples of the XII-XVII centuries. Among them, there are the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist of the Ivanovsky Monastery, Transfiguration Cathedral of the Spaso-Mirozhsky Monastery, Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin of the Snetogorsky Monastery, Archangel Michael Church with a bell tower.

Initially, another name was mentioned in the application – "The Monuments of Ancient Pskov", and it was a little wider in its content. This application included not only churches, but also palaces (Regiment, Pogankin), serf towers (Gremyachaya, Pokrovskaya). They were included in the List.

Just to let you know: the 15th century was the golden age of the Pskov Architectural School. Chronicles of that time report about construction of 22 stone churches in Pskov.

D. S. Likhachev Russian Research Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage continues its work. It is preparing nomination documentation for such Russian objects as "Sacred Kenozerie" in the Arkhangelsk Region, "Petroglyphs of Lake Onega and the White Sea" in Karelia, they are not less than 5-6 thousand years old, and the "Monuments of Sea Arctic Hunters of Chukotka". 

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