Belarusian restorers win prestigious European award

Belarusian restorers win prestigious European award

Minsk received worldwide acceptance in the sphere of restoration. As a result of an international competition, the work on preserving frescos of the St. Peter and St. Paul’s Cathedral in the Belarusian capital took the first place.

According to the world community, the 17th century holy place is a perfect example of researching history, materials and methods of preserving, whilst having multilayer paintings. The Cathedral has preserved its architectural appearance. It was never rebuilt, only the inside decorations were changed.

Alexander Soroka, fine art restorer:
This is the oldest cathedral in Minsk. Art fragments from all the times of its existence have preserved. Our aim is to restore the fragments.

Alexander Kokhan, deputy director of communal unitary enetrprise “Minskaya Spadchina”:
About 100objects have been restored. The Upper Town and the Trinity Hill have become popular among Minsk residents and guests of the city. We will be very happy for our European colleagues, including restorers, to come here and exchange experience and see what is being done to preserve the historical and cultural legacy.

The reward Belarusian restorers were presented is considered to be the most prestigious in Europe in the sphere of protecting cultural legacy and the environment. This year more than 200 projects from 20 countries competed. However, Belarusian masters managed to beat restorers from Italy and Greece.