Kizhi Island and Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia
Wooden architecture comprises a vital part of the world’s historical and cultural heritage. The fact that several countries have inscribed their wooden monuments on UNESCO World Heritage List is a testament to its importance. However, these monuments are also very fragile and vulnerable.
The conservation of wooden monuments should be carried out in tandem with the preservation of traditional carpentry techniques and use of traditional tools. At the same time, professionals in wooden architectural conservation should also know the latest preservation and restoration techniques, work with leading experts in the field of wooden architectural conservation, and study international experiences.
The Russian North is a treasury of wooden architecture. More than 1 300 wooden monuments have been preserved on the territory of the Republic of Karelia alone. A unique tradition of vernacular wood construction has been highly developed and preserved there, and rich experience in wooden architectural conservation has been gathered.
The main part of the course on “Wooden architecture conservation and restoration” will be held in the largest open air museum of Russia, the Kizhi museum, whose collection includes 83 wooden architectural monuments. The mainstay of the museum collection is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kizhi Pogost. Currently, the Kizhi Open Air Museum is carrying out the restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration, built in 1714. This work is being carried out with the help of unique technologies that have been customized according to the complicated configuration of the structure. The exceptional quality of the restoration works has been acknowledged by ICOMOS and UNESCO international experts, who have recommended that this experience be shared with a wider audience in Russia and the world.
This course will include other study visits to wooden architecture sites in Karelia, as well as lectures and practical sessions that place emphasis on traditional carpentry techniques.
For more information go to: http://www.iccrom.org/wooden-architecture-conservation-and-restoration/