History of the region based on the materials of archeological excavations is being opened on the lowest floor of the Church of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple with the refectory. It is the first full exhibition representing archaeology of the Belozersk district in the Vologda Region. Materials of the monastery archeology are displayed for the first time in our region. More than 4000 archeological objects dating back to different chronological periods are represented there: from the Mesolithic period (9000 B.C.) till the late Middle Ages.
At the end of the 20th early 21st century considerable restoration work has been carried out in the Kirillo-Belozersky museum-reserve. Museumfication of the monuments is being realized at the same time. One of the most interesting architectural buildings of the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery is the Monks cells. In the process of its restoration architects and restorers managed to discover complicated structure of this dwelling house of the 17th-19th centuries.
Exhibitions dedicated to the folk applied art and handicrafts of the Belozersk district are placed in the spacious vaulted chambers of the monastery cook-house of the 16th century. An important place is occupied by wood-carving, ceramics, peasant embroidery, weaving, lace-making and a folk female costume of the 19th-early 20th centuries.



L.V. Terebova, head of the Scientific Department in the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve, participated in the conference “Three Vorotynsks” last week. This event was held in the Kaluga region and marked two historical dates: the 860th anniversary of the foundation of the ancient Russian town of Vorotynsk (now it’s a settlement) and the 535th anniversary of the Great Standoff on the Ugra River. The conference included several blocks: a presentation of the participants reports, a meeting with local pupils and a cultural program.

Kirillov is historically connected with the town of Vorotynsk. In the 17th century, this area (that is a part of the Kaluga region) used to be a patrimonial estate of the Vorotynsky princes. One of the burial places of the representatives of this family is located in the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. The Church of St. Vladimir is a part of the central cathedral complex. It was erected over the grave of Vladimir Ivanovich Vorotynsky, Moscow voevode and boyar, in 1554. Princes Alexander Ivanovich, Ivan Mikhaylovich, Alexey Ivanovich, Mikhail Ivanovich, Ivan Alexeevich were also buried in this church. The paper of Lyudmila Terebova about the burial place of the Vorotynskys aroused a keen interest of the audience.

During the conference, the organizers and participants made gifts to each other. Various books and the disc Preserving the Past was presented to the head of the Vorotynsk Administration and Mother Superior Anastasia, head of the Transfiguration Convent on the Ugra River, on behalf of the staff of the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve. The museum was given the discs with the films Ancient Vorotynsk: Times and Fates and On the Occasion of the 500th Anniversary of Foundation of the Transfiguration Vorotynsky Convent, the anniversary album about the cloister. All these materials were handed over to the scientific library of the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve.