Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

In September 2021, the U.S. Embassy announce a new and final grant of $290,000 for the preservation of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation project. The total U.S. contribution to the preventive conservation, stabilization, and restoration, of one of the oldest medieval churches in the area is $1,070,000. Up until now the grantee, the Archaeological Research Center of the Republic of Moldova, conducted archaeological excavations, built a new sewage and electricity system, replaced the church masonry, replaced the roof with a sturdy and historically appropriate brick one, built an aeration system around the church foundation, and consolidated and preserved the frescos in church’s altar, naos, and pre-naos areas. In 2022 the interior frescos consolidation and conservation in naos and pre-naos areas will continue and the project is expected to be finalized in October, 2022. The total project cost is estimated at $1.6 million.

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary church is among the oldest churches in Moldova. It is the only church in Moldova that has all of its interior walls covered with frescoes. The frescoes were painted by Wallachian artists in 1763. Wallachia was a historical and geographical region of Romania that existed from the 15th to 19th centuries. These particular frescos are considered the only remaining example of the Byzantine-Romanian style paintings of the 18th century in the easternmost part of Europe.


ONGOING PROJECTS

On September 27 the U.S. Embassy announced a new and final grant of $290,000 for the preservation of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation project. In 2016, 2017, and 2019 the AFCP awarded $150,000, $200,000, and $380,000 grants respectively for preventive conservation, stabilization, and restoration, of one of the oldest medieval churches in the area. Up until now the grantee, the Archaeological Research Center of the Republic of Moldova, conducted archaeological excavations, built a new sewage and electricity system, replaced the church masonry, replaced the roof with a sturdy and historically appropriate brick one, built an aeration system around the church foundation, and consolidated and preserved the frescos in church’s altar and naos areas. In 2021/2022 the interior frescos consolidation and conservation in naos and pre-naos areas will continue and the project is expected to be finalized in October, 2022. The total project cost is estimated at $1.6 million.

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary church is among the oldest churches in Moldova. It is the only church in Moldova that has all of its interior walls covered with frescoes. The frescoes were painted by Wallachian artists in 1763. Wallachia was a historical and geographical region of Romania that existed from the 15th to 19th centuries. These particular frescoes are considered the only remaining example of the Byzantine-Romanian style paintings of the 18th century in the easternmost part of Europe.