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The famous Italian architect Elisabetta Fabbri from Venice visited Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

The famous Italian architect Elisabetta Fabbri arrived in the Vologda Region to give a course of lectures on architectural restoration at the Vologda State University. Specialists from Russia and Italy exchanged experience in preserving the world's cultural heritage.

Elisabetta Fabbri came to Russia at the invitation of the Union of restorers and the Institute of Italian culture in Moscow. She was involved in the architectural restoration of some of the most important Italian historical buildings in Venice, Treviso, Milan, Bologna, Naples, Lecce, Bari as well as abroad. Elisabetta Fabbri was responsible for overseeing the successful refurbishment of some of the most important Italian opera houses and theatres.

The Italian architect was deeply impressed by the restoration work carried out in the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery.

The majestic architectural ensemble of Kirillo-Belozersky monastery is one of the largest in Russia. It has kept architectural monuments of XV-XIX centuries, massive walls and towers. Length of the walls is over 1.5 km.

The Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Preserve undoubtedly belongs to Russia's richest museums and greatest attractions.

Every year a great number of visitors flock to the city to admire the monastery. The Kirillo - Belozersky Monastery and the Ferapont Monastery won an international renown owing to the effect of stateliness and an artistic work of exceptional value. Laid out and built in the traditions of early Russian design, they are preserved as monuments of church architecture.

Now the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery astounds everybody by the enormous size of its fortified walls and towers. The architectural monuments laid out and built in the traditions of early Russian architecture are mainly productions of the 15th-17th centuries. Among the structures that merit special attention are the Cathedral of the Assumption (1497), the Church of the Archangel Gabriel with a bell-tower and a refectory. Their distinctive traits lie in the simplicity and accuracy of the external décor.

The museum of icons located in the monastery is a really impressive collection. The iconostasis of the Cathedral of the Assumption, in its modern construction, has been preserved to our days. It is a unique fact in the history of the Russian art. In the museum there are several icons belonging to the brush of Dionisius from the Ferapont monastery.

The Italian guests were amazed by the frescoes in the monastery. During the restoration of the altar part, many compositions were revealed that were hidden under a layer of oil painting for almost two hundred years. The iconostasis of the Assumption Cathedral (XV century) which was preserved in its original appearance also impressed the Italian architect.

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