The National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve – Ukraine
The Kiev–Pechersk Lavra UNESCO site and Venetian Heritage Cluster signed an agreement for the realization of projects and activities for the conservation and restoration of works of art and monuments in Ukraine.
The agreement provides, in addition to the exchange of technical Italian and Ukrainian, the transfer of norms, methodologies and technologies, the design and implementation of a common growth path to improve the restoration and conservation in Ukraine and Italy.
The Historical and Cultural Preserve, founded in 1926, provided for conservation and restoration of national art treasures and the architectural complex of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. It is a unique and one of the largest museum complexes in Eastern Europe. By Order of the President of Ukraine dated March 13, 1996, considering the significance of the Preserve as a unique cultural and scientific establishment, the Preserve was granted the National status.
Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra was inscribed into “UNESCO World Heritage List” at the 14th session of the UNESCO international committee, in 1990.
Nowadays, the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve is the largest museum complex in Ukraine, where 144 constructions, of which 122 are monuments of history and culture, are preserved. Among the constructions are two unique underground complexes, cathedrals, landmarks of architecture of XI-XIX centuries, and exhibition premises.
The main activities of the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve are preservation, popularization and exposition of cultural heritage. The activities aim at protection and transmission of the treasures of the past to future generations.