Famous flooded bell tower undergoing restoration

Kalyazin, Russia, May 27, 2021

Photo: region.tver.ru Photo: region.tver.ru     

Large-scale restoration is underway at the famous flooded bell tower in Kalyazin, Russia.

The work is already about a quarter completed. When all is said and done, there will be a fortified coastline and well-equipped pier at the bell tower of the former St. Nicholas Cathedral, reports the administration of the Tver Province.

“The bell tower of St. Nicholas Cathedral is known far beyond the borders of Russia. This object is interesting for tourists and historians, a significant symbol of the spiritual heritage of the Tver Province. It is important to preserve this unique structure for future generations,” said Governor Igor Rudenya while inspecting the site last week.

The project won the All-Russian Competition for the Best Projects for Creating a Comfortable Urban Environment in Small Towns and Historical Settlements last year, for which the municipality received a federal grant of $680,000 (50 million rubles).

During the restoration, the foundation and walls of the bell tower will be strengthened, and the brickwork, facades, truss system, roof, floors and stairs will be updated.

The work on the coastline and the pier will make it easier to visit the bell tower. The cobblestone path on the main bank down to the bell tower will be repaired, and the outdoor lighting will be replaced.

The bell tower of the St. Nicholas Cathedral was built in 1800-1801. In the 1940s, during the construction of the Uglich Reservoir, the old part of the city of Kalyazin was flooded, the cathedral was dismantled, and the bell tower was left as a lighthouse.

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