With vacuum cleaner and brush: as the Sophia of Kyiv is preparing for Unification Council (photo)

С пылесосом и щеткой: как Софию Киевскую готовят к Объединительному собору (фото)

15 of December in Sofia Kiev will be held the Unification Council of Orthodox churches of Ukraine. Our reporters visited the oldest one in Ukraine temple. These days he’s usually open to tourists. And the restorers of the iconostasis: brushes sweep the gilded swirls of dust and collect it with a vacuum cleaner.

This work should be performed every year — said “FACTS” member of the group of restorers of the National reserve “Sophia of Kyiv” Dorat of Kaporikov. — By December 15, we will complete the cleaning of the iconostasis.

С пылесосом и щеткой: как Софию Киевскую готовят к Объединительному собору (фото)

*Iconostasis

С пылесосом и щеткой: как Софию Киевскую готовят к Объединительному собору (фото)

*Doret of Kaporikov: “Before December 15, the cleaning of the iconostasis complete”

Dorat noted that just before the Unification Cathedral, the Church has been undergoing a major reconstruction. Restoration work under the supervision of the chief scientific and restoration workshops of the reserve Anatoliy Ostapchuk lasted six months. During this time, the specialists cleared accumulated over many years of pollution of the mosaic, which for 1000 years.

С пылесосом и щеткой: как Софию Киевскую готовят к Объединительному собору (фото)

*The song “Supper at Emmaus”

It was also revealed two large compositions created in the mid-nineteenth century: “the Road to Emmaus and Supper at Emmaus”. They show how Jesus Christ appeared after the Resurrection to two of his disciples — the apostles Luke and Cleopas. In 1950-ies of these works were tightly painted over with gray paint. The restorers had to put a lot of effort to wash it out. And now these compositions will again be available for visitors of the temple. The participants of the Unifying Council will see some of the first.

A detailed story about the latest large-scale restoration in Sophia, read in the nearest numbers of the newspaper “FACTS”.

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