17th-century church restored at St. Cyril of White Lake Monastery

Kirillov, Vologda Province, Russia, April 8, 2024

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The restoration of two 17th-century architectural objects, including a church, was recently completed at Holy Dormition-St. Cyril of White Lake Monastery in the Vologda Province, 400 miles north of Moscow

The monastery was established by St. Cyril of White Lake, a disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh, in 1397.

Work on the Great Hospital Wards (1643-1644) and the hospital Church of St. Euphymy (1646) began in 2022. The large-scale restoration work included the facades, interiors, roofs, windows, doors, and floors, reports the the St. Cyril of White Lake Museum.

Photo: kirmuseum.org Photo: kirmuseum.org     

During the work on the southern facade of the Church of St. Euphymy, traces of the junction of the original roof of the refectory extension were found and a window opening with a brick keel-shaped casing dating back to the 17th century was revealed. The original project provided for the restoration of a later form of the roof from the 19th century, covering the window. But the project was amended, and the only south window of the church was saved. The original interior has been restored, as it has not been since the second half of the 19th century.

Hospital churches began to appear in Russia in the 17th century, and one of the earliest monuments of this type has been preserved at St. Cyril of White Lake Monastery.

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