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13 Dec 2016

Nomination file on Saint Euphrosyne’s spiritual legacy to be ready by 1 February

Days of Remembrance of Saint Euphrosyne of PolotskMINSK, 13 December (BelTA) – Plans have been made to finish the work on the nomination file on the spiritual legacy of Saint Euphrosyne of Polotsk by 1 February 2017, Tatiana Orlova, the head of the research and restoration office of the Polotsk National Historical and Cultural Museum, said at the roundtable that discussed the role of UNESCO in preserving and promoting Belarus’ cultural heritage. The event was hosted by BelTA’s press center on 13 December.

Tatiana Orlova said that the file is almost ready. Belarusian specialists from Polotsk have been working on it in cooperation with experts from Russia’s State Hermitage Museum. They have established that the Transfiguration Church in Polotsk was built in 1127-1135, rather than in 1161.

The Transfiguration Church in PolotskTatiana Orlova noted that the maps for the file will be ready soon. After that, specialists will be working to translate the nomination file and hold talks with the convent. If the site gets included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List, more tourists will be coming to visit it. The convent is a closed community, and certain rules for visiting it will need to be established.

The Cross of St. Euphrosyne of PolotskIgor Chernyavsky, the head of the department for the preservation of the historical and cultural heritage at the Belarusian Culture Ministry, noted that the Transfiguration Church is unique as it was the first building to reflect reinterpreted Byzantine architectural traditions in the Polotsk school of architecture. Besides, the temple has unique wall paintings.

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