MINSK, 13 May (BelTA) – A total of 18 new properties were inscribed on the state list of cultural and historical heritage of Belarus, Gennady Khodor, consultant at the Department for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Culture Ministry, said at a press conference “Historical and Cultural Heritage of Belarus: Conservation, Multiplication and Promotion”, BelTA has learned.
“The newcomers to the list are 11 intangible cultural heritage elements, 5 architectural specimens, 1 monument of history and 1 monument of art,” the specialist said.
“It is worth noting that the Belarusian properties and elements included in the UNESCO list are becoming more recognizable at the international level, and their number is growing bigger. Last year, we submitted the nomination “Straw weaving of Belarus, art, craft and skills” to the UNESCO headquarters for inclusion in the intangible cultural heritage list. This nomination will be considered in December 2022, so let's hope that we will soon have a new historical and cultural item with the UNESCO status,” the specialist said.
According to him, last year more than 300 historical and cultural properties were repaired, restored and examined, and the work on more than 80 architectural specimens was completed. Among the most remarkable objects put into operation are the Usakino memorial complex of partisan glory in Klichev District and a monument on the mass grave of Soviet prisoners of war and partisans on the 9th km of the Moscow highway. The repair and renovation of the following buildings was completed: the former estate Albertin in Slonim, the Church of the Body of God in Nesvizh, the Convent of the All-Merciful Savior in Kobrin, the northern tower of Golshany Castle, fragments of Krevo Castle in Smorgon District and other sites.
The expert noted that some historical properties were saved due to the Fund for the Support of Culture and Art of the President of Belarus. Among them are the chapel in the village of Zakozel, the stables at the Oginski Estate in Zalesye, Golshany Castle and other buildings.
The Culture Ministry pays special attention to personnel training in the field of heritage conservation. Specialists who have been working less than a year or do not have a certificate of advanced training, will be able to take up three advanced training courses at the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts this year. “In April this year, the first group of 26 people completed their training, in May there will be a second group of 30 people, and in June 25 people will improve their qualifications,” the expert said.