State Hermitage Museum opened a large church of the Winter Palace

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State Hermitage Museum opened a large church of the Winter Palace

The State Hermitage Museum opened a large church of the Winter Palace after the repair on Tuesday. There will be a permanent exhibition of Russian religious art, according to The Christian Telegraph in reference to citing newsru.com.

According to the museum's press service, the restoration works of decorative and applied arts were carried out from December 2013 to October 2014.

The repair included work on the restoration of the smooth surface of the plaster walls, shaped and molded elements, as well as smooth and profiled gilded surfaces of window and door slopes. Also the stone window sills and gilded sculptures made of papier-mache were restored.

The specialists reconstructed objects of decorative and applied arts and the iconostasis was restored preserving the individual elements. The ceremony on the occasion of St. George was conducted before the opening of the church in the Big Throne (St. George's) Hall of the Winter Palace. Also a gala orchestra played in the hall, making historical flag of the regiment of the Russian army.

“There is nothing nobler than to defend the Fatherland. I congratulate you all with this triple holiday: Today we celebrate not only the day of St. George, but also the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage, as well as the birthday of the museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky,” said Vladimir Kirillov, St. Petersburg’s vice-governor.

The large church of the Winter Palace was built in 1753-1762 simultaneously with the construction of the palace designed by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The original shape of the church was preserved until a fire in 1837. In 1839, the architect Vasily Stasov restored the church in an approximation to the original shape. For many years the church was the home temple of the imperial family. Since 1917 it was used as the museum premise.

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