Supreme Council Rejects Draft Resolution on Prevention of Construction Works on Foundation of Tithe Church
Today, the Supreme Council of Ukraine considered a draft resolution on ensuring the observance of the laws on protection of monuments (as to prevention of construction works in the territory of the monument of archeology of the national significance “City of Volodymyr, the Dytynets of the ancient Kyiv with the foundations of the Tithe Church.”) The draft resolution was submitted by the deputies Yaroslav Dzhodzhyk and Yurii Kostenko.
The voting was as follows: 112 deputies supported the resolution, 1 was against it, 248 did not vote. Therefore, the decision was not taken. The parliament will return to the consideration of the question next week on the initiative of Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn.
The explanatory note attached to the draft resolution says that the preserved underground foundation of the original Tithe Church, which has absorbed the spiritual achievements of the past, plays today the role of living witnesses of the traditions of many centuries for our and future generations. According to Resolution 928 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine “On inclusion of objects of cultural heritage of the national significance in the State Register of Immovable Monuments of Ukraine” of 3 September, 2009, the remnants of the foundation of the Tithe Church are an archeological monument of the national importance. In addition this monument is protected by YUNESCO.
The document says that on the instruction of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Kyiv City Council held a tender of concepts of conservation and museification of the foundation of the Tithe Church and creation of an architectural ensemble. Despite the direct prohibition by the international and Ukrainian law to carry out any construction in the territory of historic monuments, the winner concept envisages the construction in the place of the unique monument of a new religious building of one of the numerous denominations registered in Ukraine. On 25 May, 2011, equipment was transported to the foundation of the Tithe Church and preparation for construction works began.
“Extensive construction with the use of reinforced concrete pales and networks threaten considerable cultural and historic losses. The renewed object will not any more be considered a monument of the cultural heritage. In addition, a number of archeologists strongly warn about noncorrespondence of the reconstruction of the Tithe Church to the present city development situation,” stresses the explanatory note.