Sviyazhsk: major cultural heritage site in Tatarstan (VIDEO)
A presentation by Artyom Silkin, Director of the Sviyazhsk Town-Island state museum-reserve of history, architecture and art, “Sviyazhsk and UNESCO: Objectives and Challenges,” was the highlight of another day at the Summer Campus.
Artyom Silkin introduced the participants to the operation of the museum and the town-island of Sviyazhsk, a unique historical, architectural and natural landmark 30 km away from Kazan. The fortress is home to numerous pieces of old Russian architecture, Orthodox culture and history. As many as 30 cultural heritage sites in Russia are under the protection of UNESCO, including three in Tatarstan.
Established in 2009, the Sviyazhsk museum-reserve is a project of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan. The term “museum-reserve” means a special kind of museum, and is used in the Russian legislation. The museum currently employs 140 people. The archaeological excavations on the site exposed the archaeological layer of the 16th-18th centuries. The Assumption Cathedral (1556–1561) on the island was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2017. It houses unique frescoes; only the city of Yaroslavl has similar ones. Another landmark of the same period is the wooden Trinity Church (1551).
Artyom Silkin noted that buffer zones are an important tool for the preservation of sites included in the World Heritage List. Apart from attracting tourists, the Sviyazhsk museum-reserve is aimed at the sustainable development of the site. In 2018, the museum was visited by more than 550,000 tourists, which is many times more than in 2010. The Summer Campus participants listened to the museum director with interest because they are to visit the place soon. They asked him a variety of questions relating to the history of the museum and further plans for its development.
The International Summer Campus of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) is a unique annual educational project for best students of Russian and foreign universities. The Campus curriculum comprises lectures and interactive sessions with leading Russian and foreign academics, government employees and world-class business executives. RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau, leading Russian and foreign experts, Russian and foreign business leaders, high-ranking officials and civil servants will traditionally speak at the Summer Campus.
The organizers of RANEPA Summer Campus include RANEPA, the Republic of Tatarstan, and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia.
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