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Russian Federation, and about the intention of the Russian authorities to transfer the management of some of those properties to the religious community.

On 18 January 2010, the World Heritage Centre informed the State Party that the state of conservation of the Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery will be examined by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session and requested it to submit a detailed report on the state of conservation of this property, including information on any development projects and intentions to change the management system or use of this World Heritage property.

On 23 April 2010, the World Heritage Centre, in its reminder letter to the State Party concerning the state of conservation report on this property, highlighted that appropriate legal measures, specific conservation, restoration and use rules and a joint management system for the World Heritage religious properties should be established and implemented by the Russian authorities in close collaboration with all stakeholders, including the religious authorities in order to prevent any negative impact of such transfers on the authenticity and integrity of the properties.

On 1 June 2010, the State Party informed the World Heritage Centre that the draft of the Federal Law on the transfer of State or Municipal properties of religious origin to religious organizations is currently being developed in the Russian Federation, in close coordination with all authorities concerned, including the Russian Orthodox Church. The State Party reports that the provisions of the World Heritage Convention will be taken into account and confirms its interest to participate in the International Conference, to be held in Ukraine, on the role of religious communities in the management of World Heritage properties.

On 1 June 2010, the State Party also submitted a state of conservation report of the Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery summarizing actions implemented by the Kirillo- Belozerskii Museum-Reserve, Department of cultural heritage and fine arts of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. This covered:

a) Management and protection:

The State Party’s report very briefly mentions that the property is being managed, as part of the Kirillo-Belozerskii Museum-Reserve, by the Department of cultural heritage and fine arts of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and Federal Agency Rosohrankultura. The State Party also states that the Gate Churches of the Epiphany have been handed over under lease to the Orthodox Epiphany Parish.

b) State of conservation

There are six major elements in the complex of the Ferrapontov Monastery: the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin (1490), The Church of the Annunciation (1530-31) and refectory, The Treasury Chamber (1530s), The Church of St Martinian (1641), The Gate Churches of the Epiphany and St Ferrapont (1650), and The bell-tower (1680s). The State Party report concentrates on the Cathedral.

The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin (1490) This is the centre of the monastery.The entire surface of the interior is covered by the 16th century mural paintings of Dionysius. There are also paintings on parts of the exterior.

The State Party reports on extensive work that has been carried out on the fabric of the building since inscription in 2000. The State Party notes that the works were aimed at expanding tourists’ visits.

The works included major interventions such as:

State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 172

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