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In the library there was a presentation of the book “fortresses of Novgorod the Great”

On 25 October in the reading hall of the regional universal scientific library there was held a meeting with the authors of the book “fortresses of Novgorod the Great” Lyudmila Andreevna Philippi and Ninel Nikolayevna Kuzmina, known in Novgorod and outside researchers of architectural monuments of our city.

Second and enlarged edition was published in 2012 in Saint-Petersburg, publishing house “Faces of Russia” with support of Committee of culture of Novgorod region. The publication contains new information and publications supplied with many illustrations, including archival funds of Russian state historical archive, the State research Museum of architecture. A. V. Schusev, the archives of the Novgorod scientific and restoration management, and others. In a book published the author’s reconstruction and drawings that enable to visually represent the shape and evolution of the fortifications of Novgorod in different historical periods. The authors emphasize that “sixty years ago scientists did not know much about the weapons of the fortress of Novgorod. From annalistic sources of the more famous military history, and the architecture remained blank. Only in the last decades, thanks to research by archaeologists, historians, architects-restorers, discloses the secrets of ancient fortifications”.

For several decades the authors have worked in Novgorod scientific and restoration workshop in the Novgorod Museum-reserve, worked with archival documents in St. Petersburg and Novgorod, collecting information about the monuments of architecture of Novgorod, including the fortifications of the city of XI-XVIII centuries.

The result of this search was the book, the text of which is interspersed with wonderful drawings, plans and reconstructions of the walls and towers of the Citadel, Small earthworks and the surrounding town.

A large audience, not indifferent to the history of Novgorod architects, Museum staff, archives and libraries, members of the Novgorod society of antiquity lovers sincerely interested told L. A. Philippi about the history of the Novgorod fortress and scientific hypotheses, plans of fortifications, as explored and which needs further research.

 

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