Moscow. 30 Jan. INTERFAX – the Deputy Director on scientific work of the state Museum-monument “St. Isaac’s Cathedral” Alexander Kwiatkowski said the high level of mutual understanding with the ward, who performs divine service in this Church.
“I don’t remember that we could in some way refuse the Cathedral. Our contradictions are not internal, they are introduced”, – said A. Kwiatkowski, who was quoted Monday in “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”.
According to him, the internal state of the relations of the Museum and the diocese always “was right.”
“It was a “no man’s land”, but it was the cooperation between the Museum and the cathedrals. Now while we do not formally changed. The status of the Museum remains. We signed contracts with travel agencies for 2017,” – said A. Kwiatkowski.
On 10 January it became known that the authorities of St. Petersburg decided to transfer to St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the gratuitous use of the Russian Church for a period of 49 years, while retaining its Museum function. The building should go under the control of the Church no later than 1 March 2019. Meanwhile, in 2015 the Smolny refused a similar request of the Church, citing economic considerations.
The Church for several years sought to transfer her to St. Isaac’s Cathedral. The part of the namesake of the state Museum-monument of the Church had already been sent to Smolny and Sampsonievsky cathedrals.
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