Museums and the Russian Orthodox Church need to find a recipe collaboration, says Piotrovsky

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in potenciadance Cathedral in St. PetersburgMuseums and the Russian Orthodox Church need to find a recipe collaboration, says Piotrovsky© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

Museums and the Russian Orthodox Church need to find a recipe collaboration, said Director General of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky.

As reported, the Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga Varsonofy 7 Dec sanctify the second chapel of St. Isaac’s Cathedral to make there regular Church services. Several media outlets last week reported about the alleged impending transfer of the chapel of the Russian Orthodox Church, but a representative of the St. Petersburg Archdiocese has denied this information. Also the Deputy of legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg Maxim Reznik has informed on his page in Facebook about the treatment of Metropolitan Varsonofy to the city authorities with a request to expedite the transfer to the gratuitous use of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Annunciation Church, which is now administered by the State Museum of urban sculpture.

«As for Isaac, we have serious talks, they are… I think all these issues of the Museum the public will discuss with the leadership of the city and the Church,» said Piotrovsky to journalists.

According to him, the situation with the Annunciation Church also requires dialogue. «It is very difficult, there is a Museum and there is also need to find the recipe. This is the eternal question, I think that it (the decision) we can find, because it is necessary to remove the sculptures that are there… and there And there you can find the recipe for joint work», — said the head of the Hermitage.

The situation around St. Isaac’s Cathedral caused a public outcry when the authorities of St. Petersburg decided to transfer the Cathedral for 49 years, the Russian Orthodox Church in the free use with preserving the Museum and educational functions. Later they said that the Cathedral is transmitted without a change of legal status — its owner is the city. The public is concerned about the fate of Isaac, despite the statement of representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Museum functions will be expanded, and the entrance to the Cathedral will be free.

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