Media: On the territory of Lavra, dozens of illegal constructions

СМИ: На территории Лавры десятки незаконных строек

The view from great Lavra bell tower

The construction of the reserve is maintained, in spite of the ban and the need to coordinate it with UNESCO.

On the territory of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is the illegal construction and destruction of monuments of architecture, said the investigation of journalists of the programme Scheme.

In a joint project of Radio Liberty and UA channel:First it is reported that this involved representatives of the Lavra monastery.

Laurel along with St. Sophia Cathedral listed World heritage by UNESCO, so any construction in the protected zone around the monument at the stage of intentions need to inform UNESCO and coordinate with the Ministry of culture.

In 2015, the city Council banned any construction in the buffer zone prior to the approval of zoning plan or detailed plan of the territory. However, the construction going on even on the territory of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.

The disposal program Scheme has a unique monitoring, the acts, photos of architectural monuments in the reserve that were destroyed or rebuilt without giving any permits reserve.

“The Ukrainian society of protection of monuments of history and culture” convinced that such adjustment monuments can lead to their loss.

Chief architect of the reserve, Jacob Dichter found violations during the construction, but, according to him, each case has its own reasons.

“Why do you say that I didn’t notice? We wrote and wrote. Including to UNESCO. On the construction plans. And the fact that it is already happening, is already a violation. Happened as it happened: as soon as the weekend – they quickly out there doing something, and gradually turned what happened,” – said Dichter.

The journalists of the Schemes noted that the Ministry of culture of Ukraine did not respond to a request for an interview about the situation in the monastery. The superior of the monastery Archbishop Pavel had also refused interviews, citing his health.


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