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Kizhi Pogost

Russian Federation
Factors affecting the property in 2001*
  • Other Threats:

    Deterioration of the structures

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Legal framework (issue resolved); 
  • Governance (issue resolved);
  • Management systems/ management plan (issue resolved);
  • Financial resources (issue resolved);
  • Lack of fire /lightning protection (issue resolved);
  • Deformation and deterioration of the structures 
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2001
Requests approved: 2 (from 1992-2001)
Total amount approved : 38,540 USD
Missions to the property until 2001**

Summer 1993: ICOMOS mission

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2001

Previous deliberations:
Eighteenth session of the Bureau (page 27)
Eighteenth session of the Committee (page 38-39)

Main issues: Poor state of conservation of the church.

New information: At the time of the evaluation of the request for International Assistance referred to above, ICCROM emphasised that the site is in urgent need of assistance.

In view of the possible threat to the site and the advice provided by ICCROM on the request for training assistance, the Secretariat requested the Permanent Delegation of the Russian Federation on 2 March 2001 to prepare a report on the state of conservation of the site to be submitted, if possible, by 15 April 2001. To date no report has been received.

Action Required

The Bureau may wish to examine information that may be available at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2001

The National Commission of the Russian Federation submitted a report on the state of conservation on 2 October 2001 which has been sent to ICOMOS and ICCROM for comments. In general, the report confirms that the wooden structure of the Church is in an alarming state of dilapidation and that urgent restoration measures should be undertaken. 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2001
25 BUR V.279
Kizhi Pogost (Russian Federation)

V.279     The Bureau requested the Russian authorities to submit a report on the state of conservation of the site by 15 September 2001 to assess, at its twenty-fifth extraordinary session, the ways in which the Bureau may be able to collaborate with the Russian authorities to ensure proper conservation of the site.

The Bureau may wish to examine information that will be provided by ICCROM and ICOMOS at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon, and review whether or not the site should be included on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Report year: 2001
Russian Federation
Date of Inscription: 1990
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(iv)(v)

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.