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Experts will restore monumental painting and stucco decoration, as well as restore stone floors and a cast-iron staircase.

The temple of the beginning of the 18th century was restored to its former splendor. Department of cultural heritage of the city of Moscowapproved the project of restoration work in the interiors of the church of the Apostles Peter and Paul. You can find it at the address: Novaya Basmannaya street, 11.

The temple has the status of a cultural heritage site of federal significance. All stages of repair and restoration work are under the control of the Moscow City Heritage Site.

“The second stage of a large-scale restoration of one of the unique architectural monuments – the Church of Peter and Paul on Novaya Basmannaya, will soon begin. The restorers will have to restore the historical look to the interiors of the temple and its bell tower. In the upper church, where services have not been held for a long time, the iconostasis and icon cases will be restored. Specialists will pay special attention to the complex restoration of monumental oil paintings. The craftsmen will also restore the stucco decoration in the decoration of the temple and the cast-iron staircase, ”said the head

Department of cultural heritage of the city of Moscow Alexey Emelyanov.

In addition, specialists will have to restore the stone floors of the temple and restore the fence on its territory.

During the first stage of repair and restoration work, which took place in 2020, put in order the white-stone basement and the portal on the facade of the temple (from the side of Novaya Basmannaya street). For a long time, the portal was hidden under layers of plaster. In addition, experts have restored the white-stone decoration of the bell tower, and also carried out work on the gilding of the crosses.

The Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in the Moscow Baroque style was built from 1705 to 1719. There is a legend that Emperor Peter I personally participated in the creation of the building’s drawings. In May 1737, the temple suffered from a fire: the railings, locker and stairs on the bell tower burned down, the wooden fence burned out. The church was restored, and by the middle of the 18th century, an architectural complex was formed in Novaya Basmannaya Sloboda, consisting of a temple and a bell tower, crowned with crosses.

The building of the church suffered from dampness; in the 1860s, the need for restoration work arose again. They lasted 12 years with the participation of the architect Nikolai Kozlovsky and at the expense of the parishioner – the merchant of the third guild Andrey Zalogin. The galleries surrounding the altar were continued in the church, new facades were built, retaining the original style, two new side-chapels were built, stoves, window frames and a bell tower were repaired. As a result, the temple acquired the look that can be seen in photographs from the second half of the 19th – first half of the 20th century.

After the revolution of 1917, the Moscow Theological Academy under the name “Podkolokolnaya Academy” continued its work in the church. Some Moscow priests wore the badge of the candidate of theology, which they received there. In 1921, the temple was robbed. In 1935, it was closed, and the building was transferred to the management of the Moscow regional militia as a warehouse for military property. A wooden barrack of the Geodesy plant was built on the territory of the temple, and in 1940 – a kindergarten.

In 1959, by decision of the Moscow City Council, the building was transferred to the All-Union Scientific Research Institute of Geophysical Exploration Methods. For this, the upper Peter and Paul and lower Nikolsky churches were divided into small offices for employees. The temple was returned to the believers in 1992.

The preservation and restoration of architectural monuments in Moscow is the most important area of ​​work of the Department of Cultural Heritage. Since 2011, more than 1,600 cultural heritage sites have been restored in the city, of which more than 100 – in 2020.

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