The issue of inclusion of the Pskov architectural monuments in the List of World Heritage Sites will be reviewed in UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Оrganization) in the end of November, rganization) in the end of November, reported Governor of the Pskov region Mikhail Vedernikov at the VII Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
It was earlier reported that the Pskov government had submitted 18 Pskov monuments for inclusion in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites, the main part of the monuments dated back to the XIV to the early XV century. The application of Pskov was reviewed, and the nomination supported by the Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinskiy. In autumn, an expert of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) visited Pskov and carried out an engineering assessment of objects seeking inclusion in the List.
"In the end of the month, this issue will be reviewed in the [UNESCO headquarters] in Paris, representatives of the Pskov region and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation will attend the meeting. In fact, there is a good chance that the objects we've submitted will get the world heritage status. We're confidently moving in this direction", said Vedernikov.
In 2017, the Administration of the Pskov region transferred files of the Monuments of Ancient Pskov nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre to be included in the List of World Heritage Sites. The files unite 18 objects in three categories: fortress architecture, houses of worship and civil architecture. Earlier, the government of the Russian Federation acknowledged Pskov churches as especially valuable cultural heritage objects of the Russian peoples.
Pskov churches of the XII to the XVII century created under the influence of the Byzantine and Novgorod architectural tradition and examples of civil buildings of the XVII century may be included in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. The Pskov Kremlin, the Pokrov and Gremyachaya Towers, the Pogankin and Decrees Chambers of the Pskov Kremlin and the Mirozhsky Monastery can also enter the UNESCO List.
The UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites has been made since 1978 It comprises artistic, historical and natural monuments as well as marine objects presenting "great value for the mankind". According to experts, putting of an object on that List usually raises incomes from its exploitation by 200-300% due to the growth of the tourist flow and advertising. Today, there are 28 Russian objects on the List, which does not exceed 3% of the total number of monuments (1,073).
The first Russian object included in the UNESCO List in 1990 became the historical centre of Saint Petersburg and separate groups of city monuments and its suburbs: the historical part of Kronstadt, the Shlisselburg fortress, Peterhof, Oranienbaum, Tsarskoye Selo, Gatchina and others. In the same year, the List was supplemented with the Moscow Kremlin, the Red Square and the architectural ensemble of the Kizhi churchyard known for its wooden architectural monuments.