Novgorod archeologists have found a few dozen square meters of frescoes of the XII century

Veliky Novgorod. August 11. INTERFAX – Novgorod archaeologists on a dig found a few dozen square meters of frescoes of the XII century, considered lost, has informed “Interfax” in the Novgorod state Museum-reserve.

The discovery was made on the ruins of the Church of the Annunciation in the Ryurik ancient settlement, located in the outskirts of Veliky Novgorod.

“As a result of the work, which continued for two field seasons, the Church was able to collect about 1300 tablets with fragments of a unique monumental painting. The area of each of the tablets is about 12 square decimeters. Originally the frescoes in the Church could hold about 500 square meters”, – said the Agency interlocutor.

The size of the largest found fragments of monumental painting are about 110 by 50 inches, the smallest are millimetres.

“On the fragments of frescoes preserved fragments of faces, clothes, ornaments. There is a lot of graffiti. This text in Glagolitic and Cyrillic alphabet, crosses, images of animals,” – said in SMO. The Museum also said that the wreckage of the frescoes in the “beautifully preserved paint layer, the colors are bright, saturated color.”

Currently, excavations in the ruins of the temple ended. Frescoes transferred to Rurik settlement in the Novgorod Russia center for restoration of monumental painting of SMO is headed by a famous restorer Tamara Anisimova.

“About two months the fragments of frescoes are dry. Then we have them clean and start to collect as a puzzle”, – have informed in GMZ.

According to scientists, restoration of the frescoes will take more than one year. The restoration work will be complicated by the fact that the trapped in the land of murals for more than nine centuries, in large part, was crushed.

According to the Chronicles, the Church of the Annunciation in the Ryurik ancient settlement was built and painted in the year 1103. The authors of the frescoes began in southern Russian and Byzantine masters, whose names are now not known.

In the XIV century the dilapidated temple was dismantled and on its foundations was built a new Church. The frescoes of the XII century, was destroyed along with the temple walls.

Monumental painting of the Church of the Annunciation, many scientists believe the oldest in Russia.