Unique shroud of the 19th century returned from the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, the national Museum of folk architecture and life of Ukraine.
The relic was returned 28 years later, the press service of the Ministry of culture.
“After 28 years in primary storage and accounting of funds of the National Museum of folk architecture and life of Ukraine of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (monastery of the UOC) returned a unique Museum object state part of Museum Fund of Ukraine – the Shroud of the XIX century”, – stated in the message.
At the end of November 2018 on the initiative of the Ministry of culture created a special Commission that examined the existing in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Church jewels and shrines, which were conveyed to the monastery since 1988, when the monastery after the closing by the Soviet authorities opened again. Subsequently, the Ministry of culture of Ukraine checked the main and auxiliary scientific Fund of the Kyiv-Pechersk historical and cultural reserve. The Commission has not counted 10 items.
What is this relic and why so long?
The shroud comes from the village of Dorohynka Fastiv district, Kyiv region. It was transferred for temporary storage to the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in April 1991. The Museum Fund was supposed to return on may 30. However, with the consent of the then leaders of the Ukrainian society of protection of monuments of history and culture, the period of stay of the shroud in the monastery has been repeatedly extended.
In 2009, the Archbishop of Vyshgorod, vicar of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Paul’s letter informed the Museum about the absence of the shroud. All further negotiations on the return were unsuccessful. Only at the beginning of 2019 according to the results conducted by the Ministry of culture of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church returned the relics in the collections of the National Museum of folk architecture and life of Ukraine.
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