$48.6mn reconstruction of Tsarskoe Selo's Patriarchal Metochion recognized as state secret

$48.6mn reconstruction of Tsarskoe Selo's Patriarchal Metochion recognized as state secret

The Department of Presidential Affairs has announced a close competition for the reconstruction of the Fedorovsky Town building complex in Tsarskoe Selo worth 2.8 billion rubles ($48.6 million).

It is noteworthy that only the companies that have access to State secrets may apply for participation in the competition.

The Russian Orthodox Church came to own the Federovsky Town in 1994. After that, the Patriarchal Metochion was created on its territory; in 2010, the town was endowed with the status of Synodal Metochion. It was planned that the territory and buildings would be used for the temporary accommodation of the Holy Synod in St. Petersburg. At the same time, the towers were to be used for the location of workshops and the Museum of the History of Orthodoxy in Russia.

It should be added that the Federovsky Town, located on the territory of Tsarskoe Selo, is a miniature fortress. At the same time, each of the town's facility has unique features that are typical for the architecture of Novgorod, Pskov, Kostroma, Rostov, Vladimir, Suzdal and Moscow during the Middle Ages. Emperor Nicholas II planned that Fedorovsky Town would embody the architectural unity of not only Russian cities, but also the internal integrity of the state. Its erection began in 1913 on the initiative of the cathedral donator, Colonel D. Loman, who attracted wealthy residents of St. Petersburg to the project. In addition, Nicholas Roerich initiated the planting of a cedar grove on the territory. To date, 10 cedars out of 100 saplings continue to grow there.

During the First World War, a hospital was located in the town and in the cathedral building, with Sergey Esenin as one of its orderlies.

During the USSR, a collection of items of Russian antiquity, collected by the Society for the Revival of Artistic Russia, was kept on the territory of the town. Later, the building was transferred to the Petrograd Agronomy Institute, and in 1982, a branch of the Mir Hotel was opened on the territory of the town.

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