• Short Summary

    After more than half a century of official atheism, the Soviet Union has begun to dust down and restore its wealth of religious art accumulated over many centuries.

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    After more than half a century of official atheism, the Soviet Union has begun to dust down and restore its wealth of religious art accumulated over many centuries.

    The works of art are being restored for their artistic and cultural value rather than their religious significance.

    Much of the work is being carried out by the State Art Scientific-Restoration Studio -- now in its thirteenth year. the Studio had recently restored enough old religious works for an exhibition in Moscow.

    The works have come from all parts of the Soviet Union -- from Moscow, Smolensk, Rostov-Veliky, Dmitrov, Mozhaisk and the Solovetsk Islands.

    The exhibition is made up mainly of restored icons dating from the 14th and 16th centuries, as well as old clerical robes, wall hangings, coffin covers, wood carvings and religious jewellery.

    The restoration work is carried out with organic dissolvents and other chemicals to remove layers of encrusted dust and to restore faded pigments.

    Since the 1917 Soviet revolution, religious faiths have been officially frowned on. Many churches have been closed down and turned into warehouses, clubs and sometimes libraries. In many villages throughout the country, churches were simply demolished. But Moscow still has many churches - mostly Russian Orthodox - where the Christian faith is still practised.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5F21H96UQ1QWLKY999ZXPIL92
    Media URN:
    VLVA5F21H96UQ1QWLKY999ZXPIL92
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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