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Paper about architecture of Moscow Eparchy House given at international symposium
On June 4, 2017, the head of the Department of History and Theory of Christian Art, Ariadna Alexandrovna Voronova, gave a paper on the architecture and regeneration of the Moscow Eparchy House at an international conference in Serbia.

The conference in Byzantinology has traditionally been held from June 3-5 in the ancient city of Naissus (now Niš, Serbia), the birthplace of Emperor Constantine the Great, Equal-to-the-Apostles. Its opening day is always arranged to coincide with the feast of Ss. Constantine and Helena, Equal-to-the-Apostles. This year’s International Symposium on “Niš and Byzantium” was the sixteenth and was titled “A Roman Crown for an Orthodox Kingdom: 800 Years Since the Coronation of Saint Stephen the First-Crowned”.

Dr. Voronova is Deputy Head for International Collaboration of the Faculty of Christian Arts. She read a paper at the conference on “Russo-Byzantine Style in the Architecture of Moscow in the Early 20th Century and Reconstruction of the Moscow Eparchy House”. She looked at the renewed Eparchy House, now the main building of Saint Tikhon’s University in Lihov Lane, from the point of view of the so-called “Russo-Byzantine Style” (i.e. the brick-heavy Neo-Byzantine or Byzantine Revival architecture of the late 19th/early 20th centuries in Russia). The audience members were very interested by Dr. Voronova’s mention in her talk of the unrealized project to build an Eparchy House in Niš (1899) in similar style following the plans of architect Jovan Ilkitch.

Moreover, the Serbian academics in attendance were pleased to hear that the main icon of the Moscow Eparchy House, depicting Great Prince Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, was painted based off a fresco showing a martyred soldier from the Church of the Holy Trinity in the Serbian Sopoćani Monastery.

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