St. Nicholas Church of sviazhsky Holy assumption monastery, on the initiative of Metropolitan of Kazan and Tatarstan Theophanes and with the assistance of the Museum “Island-town Sviyazhsk” and Republican Fund “Revival” the Museum of the history of the monastery, the press service of the Kazan diocese.
The interiors of the Museum are issued a designer workshop “Ibat”, the head of which is Sergey Nasekin.
“The Museum, established in St. Nicholas Church of the assumption monastery is a unique experience with Church structures. There are other examples of cooperation in this area. What is so special about our Museum? It is located on the territory of the Russian Orthodox Church on the territory of the UNESCO site. The Museum-reserve, which is the organization that is entrusted with the operational management of cultural property, UNESCO works closely with the monastery. The Museum is preparing a report for UNESCO, and in the monastery established structure responsible for the integrity of the object. In addition, the Museum created a group monitoring the buffer zone of this object”, — says the Director of the Museum “Island-town Sviyazhsk” Artem Silkin.
According to the Director, Museum of history of Sviyazhsk assumption monastery, designed by research group of Museum-reserve and representatives of Tatarstan Metropolia, performs several functions. It introduces visitors to the history of the ancient monastery, the assumption Cathedral and its unique frescos. Guests of Sviyazhsk acquainted with the history of Orthodoxy.
“As soon as the Sviyazhsk became a UNESCO site, a number of foreign guests increased significantly. European tourists in General are familiar with the history of the object, but we should not forget about the guests from Asia”, — said Artyom Silkin.
In the Museum of the history of the monastery, tourists will be shown a ten-minute film about the frescoes of the assumption Cathedral. For this purpose a specially equipped small cinema. After the session guests will meet directly with the frescoes in the Dormition Cathedral.
The second objective of the Museum is a missionary. “A significant part of the stands of the Museum is of a missionary character. They acquaint visitors with the basics of Orthodoxy in four languages — Russian, Tatar, English and Chinese. Tourists will be able to learn how the Orthodox Church. In addition, it contains information about the monastic life and of Orthodoxy in the Volga region. Creating the missionary stands, we first thought about the questions frequently asked by tourists,” — says the Governor assumption monastery Abbot Symeon (Kulagin).
Father Simeon previously taught history at the University. Once, while on pilgrimage to Optina Pustyn, he decided to stay there. Took monastic vows. A year and a half ago was appointed by the Holy Synod of the Governor of the Sviyazhsk monastery.
A few booths talking about how the assumption monastery received the status of world cultural heritage of UNESCO. The Windows of the Museum you can see icons, liturgical utensils, books.
After decades of atheism is difficult to find the exhibits relevant to the Sviyazhsk monastery, so the monastery’s Deputy appealed to the owners of artifacts to take part in the formation of the exposition.
“Part of the exhibits presented to concerned people. Something was kept in the monastery, but something provided the Director of the Museum-reserve Artyom Silkin,” explains Abbot Simeon.
The Museum has a lot of rarities. For example, Psalm XVII century stamped “library of the assumption monastery”. Psalm donated believers, to preserve it in the years of atheism. There is in the Museum of modern round icon of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, and a photograph of the first Liturgy in the Dormition Cathedral after its closure, held in 1988.
Currently on the territory of St. Nicholas Church, being created the Park, so the Museum is not yet open to the public. In the opinion of Abbot Simeon, a secular guides do not know all the intricacies of Church exposure, so the Museum is going to be the representative of the monastery who knows the history of the Church.