Altar returned to its former beauty

It has taken five years to restore Farny Roman Catholic Church’s altar — one of Grodno’s spiritual and cultural treasures; soon, it will be unveiled, for use by parishioners from August 5th

By Lidia Vikentieva

One of Belarus’ most beautiful churches was built in the late 17th century and consecrated in 1705. The altar, damaged by fire in 2006, was created in the 1730s by Konigsberg carver Schmidt, designed by Prussian architect Pauker. Its four burnt wooden sculptures have been restored: those of apostles Jacob and Thomas, Saint Ambrose and patron of arts Lozovoy, as well as relief columns, and part of its balustrade and decoration. Only solid lime timber has been used, as in the original, carved by a father and son team from Voronovo: Kazimir and Igor Misyura.

The final stage of reconstruction envisages gold leaf covering, being conducted by specialists from Vilnius and supervised by Pawel Sadlej, a restorer of the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

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