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Altar restoration in a temple on a Kulikovo field will come to the end to 630 - letiju fights

Representatives of the best schools of restoration of our country   restore an iconostas in the Temple of Christmas of the Holy Virgin Theotokos in village Monastyrshchina in the Tula area.

the Temple of Christmas of the Holy Virgin Theotokos in village Monastyrshchina is located on a place of merge of Don and Neprjadvy. Here, under the legend, the Russian warriors who have fallen in Kulikovsky fight have been buried. As the legend says, on a place of a burial place Dmitry Donsky has enjoined to erect wooden church from oaks of the Green Oak grove, and an imperial gate for an iconostas has been presented by Sergiem Radonezhsky.

In 80 - h years of 17 centuries together with village on this place there was a wooden temple of Christmas of the Deipara. Last wooden temple in village Monastyrshchina has come in   worthlessness in 1850. On its place in 1865 - m the stone church which project was developed by A.Bocharnikov has been put. Temple building was stretched for years. The day before 500 - summer anniversary of Kulikovsky fight in minds of the public there was an idea about fund raising on temple building. Among supporters were Alexander III, the Trinity - Sergieva of the Laurus, landowners of a Kulikovo field.

In 30 - e years of 20 centuries the temple has been closed, icons and church utensils were gone, the premise began to be used as a grain warehouse. To restore a temple planned to commemorating 600 - letija Kulikovsky fight, however works in 80 - h years of last century have not been executed.

Today restoration works pass in a temple of Christmas of the Holy Virgin Theotokos   within the limits of the program Historical memory . They have been begun in 2007.

Actually iconostas restoration was preceded by not less important stage - research. Experts had been studied archival and materials of regional studies, written sources where they tried to find the description of the main iconostas of the Temple of Christmas of the Holy Virgin Theotokos.

lateral kiots and paduga Today are restored. Experts have cleared and have strengthened the saved details of an altar barrier
the Photo: the Kulikovo field

the Status of an altar barrier in the Temple of Christmas of the Holy Virgin Theotokos entrusted in caring hands of restorers, pitiable has been given by memorial estate: there were no icons and its central part. The figured carving of an iconostas has been lost practically on 98 %. And still in hands of restorers there was a relic which could be rescued and revived still while from furniture of two limits of a temple - a limit of Arhistratiga of Michael and a limit of Venerable Sergija Radonezhsky - does not remain anything.
written archival sources to which restorers were converted, contained a detailed mention of village Monastyrshchina and of the Temple of Christmas of the Holy Virgin Theotokos.

to the Iconostas   in these descriptions the insignificant attention has been paid. To restore an altar barrier to restorers it was necessary, leaning against the furniture which has saved samples of temples of 19 centuries, and also under insignificant certificates of former grace   monastyrshchinskogo an iconostas - on the saved element of a carving on paduge (transition from a wall plane to a ceiling surface), on the remained prints of a carving in traces of a deposit of candles and a century dust.  

lateral kiots and paduga Today are restored. Experts have cleared and have strengthened the saved details of an altar barrier. Under the sketches developed still on the threshold of commemorating 600 - letija Kulikovsky fight, the central part of an altar is created. Masters have restored, have gilt and now strengthen carved elements of a decor.  

Completely restoration works in a village Monastyrshchina temple will be finished to commemorating of 630 anniversaries of Kulikovsky fight. The iconostas in this time will find icons, which   according to orthodox canons will take the place in an altar barrier.

Restoration works passed with the assistance of an order of 100 experts of leading restoration schools of Russia: Moscow, sankt - Petersburg, Yaroslavl. On a carving worked an order of 40 carvers. In parallel works over monastyrshchinskim an iconostas of the master have been occupied in restoration works of the Moscow Kremlin, the Bolshoi theatre, New Jerusalem, the Toropetsky monastery in Tver, restored some historical objects in Yaroslavl. Leading expert G.M.Kharlamov heads restoration works.