The Prophet Elijah Church at the Novgorod Metochion to be renovated

August 9

The renovation of the Prophet Elijah Church at the Novgorod Metochion will be completed in 2022, with tenders announced under the State Protection, Preservation and Popularisation of Cultural Heritage Sites sub-programme. 

“In keeping with the technical design specifications, the winner will have to repair and renovate the façade and the roof, and recreate the gallery and belfry brickwork as well as the pig-iron balustrade of the grand staircase. The company will also restore the interiors to their original form.   The renovation is to be completed in 2022,” Deputy Mayor for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations Vladimir Yefimov said.

The procurements have been published and applications for participation are accepted until 28 August, head of the Department for Competitive Policy Ivan Shcherbakov said.  

“The maximum price of the contract is 354.9 million roubles. The winner will be chosen following e-tenders with limited participation. The ordering customer is Mosrestavratsiya, a state public institution” he added.

The church building is a cultural heritage site and as such will require special treatment. Applications will only be accepted from companies with proven experience in restoration work.  

“A renovation project should follow the approved design and can be only carried out by restorers certified by the Ministry of Culture who also have the necessary qualifications. This approach is needed to preserve a building’s original look and appearance that shape the city’s historical identity. The work will be supervised by specialists from Moscow’s Department of Cultural Heritage,” head of the Department of Cultural Heritage Alexei Yemelyanov said.

The Prophet Elijah Church is a Russian Orthodox temple belonging to the Iberian Deanery of the Moscow City Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church. It was built in the 17th and 18th centuries next to the Moscow Commercial Square of the Prophet Elijah Monastery. The church gave its name to Ilyinka Street in Moscow.  

The church is a stone building with Monier vaults. Its upper temple is dedicated to the Prophet Elijah and its lower temple – to the Apostle Timothy. The building consists of a basement and three surface levels with two entresols.


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