UNESCO Gives Final Warning Regarding Kyiv's UNESCO Site Cave Monastery
- UNESCO Gives Ukraine Final Warning Regarding Kyiv's UNESCO Sites
6 August 2010, 09:55 | Restoration, maintainance of cultural inheritance | 0 | |
UNESCO is concerned about the famous Kyiv Cave Monastery and the National Reserve St. Sophia Cathedral and is considering adding them to the list of monuments in danger.
The reason is the construction in the buffer zone surrounding St. Sophia's and the constant reconstruction of the Cave Monastery that is resulting in its loss of authenticity. Consequently, these churches may be excluded from the UNESCO World Heritage List. The issue will be investigated until February 2011, when the authority will make a resolution.
This is not the first warning Ukraine has received from UNESCO but this time, they warn, is the last. The construction of upscale buildings close to St. Sophia, despite mass protests, continues, is why the historical monument may appear on the "blacklist" of UNESCO. Concerning the Kyiv Cave Monastery, UNESCO states that tlousy reconstruction is destroying its holistic silhouette. The monastery is the symbolic face of Kyiv seen from the east bank. Skyscrapers built next to the monastery obstruct the view thus making it less appealing for tourists. Experts have also expressed concern over renovation in the monastery's interior, which is resulting in the gradual loss of its authenticity mansards, wooden windows are replaced with plastic ones, air conditioners are seen on the facades, etc.
If these monuments appear on the "blacklist" it will first of all be a blow to the prestige of the state. Furthermore, in accordance to UNESCO's rules, Ukraine will no longer have the right to add other objects in the registry of world heritage. For now St. Sophia Cathedral, the Kyiv Cave Monastery, Lviv's historic city center, and beech forests in the Carpathian Mountains are on the list of UNESCO.
As was reported earlier, UNESCO refused to add to its list two churches in Kyiv.
St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches Not Added to UNESCO's World Heritage List
3 August 2010, 14:47 | Restoration, maintainance of cultural inheritance | 0 | |
UNESCO did not add St. Cyril's and Andrew's churches of Ukraine to the World Heritage List. According to the press secretary of UNESCO Sue Williams, Ukraine did not give enough materials to the committee. "Thus, we gave the representatives from Ukraine more time to prepare the materials," she added.
As informs the website Svidomo, (http://kiev.svidomo.org/journalists.html) the current session of UNESCO will also review the question of transferring St. Sophia Cathedral to the so-called "blacklist" a list of properties that are in danger.
This problem was brought to attention after activists against construction in the historic part of Kyiv appealed to UNESCO with a letter describing the chaotic and unlawful construction in the buffer zone of the monuments.
At the 34th session of UNESCO only state officials will represent Ukraine. No representatives of the civil society will be present.
"If Ukraine ends up on the `blacklist,' then it will join with such countries as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Yemen, Congo, and other countries of the world that could not save their natural and historic monuments from ruination," the message states.