Veliky Novgorod will host a UNESCO conference

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From September 19 to 21, a scientific conference "UNESCO World Heritage: Ways and Prospects for Developing the Value Potential of Monuments of the North-West of Russia" will be held in Novgorod. The event is timed to the 25th anniversary of the inclusion of the objects "Historic monuments of Novgorod and its surroundings", "White monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal", "Cultural and historic ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands" in the World Heritage List.

The conference will be attended by restorers, archaeologists, art historians, museum staff, scientific and restoration centers, conservation agencies of the North-West and other regions of Russia. Venues of the conference are the building of the administration of Veliky Novgorod and the Humanities Institute of the Novgorod State University in Antonovo.

The conference will be opened on September 19 at 11.00 in the meeting hall of the administration of Veliky Novgorod. A press conference of the organizers will be held before the beginning of the event.

The first day of the conference will end with the solemn opening of a World Heritage memorial sign with UNESCO emblem (the Kremlin's entrance area from Sofia Square).

The plenary session will hear general reports by the Likhachev Russian Scientific and Research Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage on the conservation and use of World Heritage sites, as well as representatives of the regions of the World Heritage sites.

At the end of the conference, a round table on practical aspects of nomination, monitoring and conservation of World Heritage sites will be held. The conference include four thematic sections - "Objects of archaeological heritage", "Monuments of stone construction and monumental painting", "Monuments of wooden architecture and objects of natural heritage", and "Practical aspects of nomination, monitoring and conservation of World Heritage sites".

On the last day of the conference, September 21, the exhibition "From the Monastery of the Earth to the Cloister of Heaven" will be opened in the main building of the museum (Kremlin, 4, Building of the Places of Residence), timed to the 900th anniversary of the Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral of Antony Monastery and to the 825th anniversary of Savior Transfiguration Cathedral of the Khutyn Monastery.

The organizers of the conference are the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, the Government of the Novgorod Region, the Administration of Veliky Novgorod, the Novgorod Metropolitanate of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Novgorod Museum-Reserve, Yaroslav the Wise Novgorod State University.