Moscow restored 90 cultural heritage sites in 2016

Among the restored sites there are Donskoy Monastary, Kazansky railway station, the former Bolshevik factory and the Zimin mansion.
02 November 2016
More than 90 sites of cultural heritage were restored in Moscow in 2016, according to Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. According to the official, the amount of cultural monuments in the capital which are in poor condition has decreased to 6%.

Among the restored buildings there are Donskoy Monastary, Kazansky railway station, the former Bolshevik factory complex where the city plans to open a multi-functional office complex and the Zimin mansion.

"The Zimin mansion is not such a big building, but it’s very handsome and one of the best sites dating back to XVIII-XIX centuries which has been preserved to this day," Sobyanin was quoted as saying by the press service of Moscow’s Urban Development Planning Department. "I am very grateful to the Ministry of Culture that despite financial difficulties continues with this noble cause, not just protecting, but restoring these wonderful monuments."

The mansion which belonged to tobacco manufacturer Nikolai Zimin is situated in Moscow’s Tverskoy district, Degtyarnyi pereulok, 8. The two-story building was designed by architect E. Yuditsky in 1896 in an eclectic style. After the revolution of 1917 the mansion’s size increased from 1,500 to 1,800 square meters.

Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinskiy promised to continue on with the restoration programme after the year’s end.

"We are fully cooperating with Moscow’s authorities," Medinskiy said. "We are in good contact with Mosgornasledie (Moscow city heritage). And all the meticulousness and insistence on high standards, which sometimes seem excessive, truth be told are very just. This allows to maintain our capital in the same form which was originally designed."

In total some 704 sites of cultural heritage were restored in Moscow since 2011.