The bell weighing more than 16 tons lifted to the bell tower of Novospassky monastery in Moscow

Moscow. September 26. INTERFAX – Completed work on the installation of a new tysjacheletnego the bells in the bell tower of the Novospassky monastery on the Peasant square, according to the portal of the Moscow city hall.

The bell tower with a height of 80.4 meters – the second highest in the capital after the Ivan the Great bell tower in the Kremlin (81 meters), the report said.

New big bell alloy of copper and tin weighs 16.5 tons, according to the old Russian system of measurement is a thousand poods (one pood is equal to 16.38 kg).

In addition to the huge bells in the belfry will raise another ten smaller. They will ring after the completion of restoration works in 2018.

Restoration of the facades of the bell tower will be completed by the end of the year, and the renovation of interior, in particular the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh on the second tier in the summer of 2018.

“The restoration of the bell tower of the XVIII century began in December of 2016. Then her facades were destroyed, it was necessary to prevent further damage to the walls of the building, outside they were covered with cracks and chips, which fell into the water. In winter it was freezing, causing cracks and increased”, – said the head of the Department of cultural heritage of Moscow Alexey Emelyanov.

Was partially lost certain decorative and architectural elements.

Specialists reinforced the brickwork and restored décor items, including white stone pots, columns and bowls, plastered and coated facades. Wrought-iron gates of the entrance arch, which by November will be painted and open, restored and gilded dome and cross of the bell tower. Also restored the dial of the tower clock, which will soon be made a new clock mechanism.

The bell tower of the Novospassky Stavropegial monastery was built in 1785 with the support of the Empress Catherine II and by private donations. In Soviet times, at different times on the territory of the monastery were female reformatory, Borstal and detox, and since 1930-ies of the hostel.

The eviction of the bell tower began only in 1960, there is a large restoration center. In the 1990-ies the monastery was returned to Russian Orthodox Church.