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Available Expert - Irreplaceable Ukrainian architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites under threat

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has put many historic structures, monuments, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in danger of attack.  These artifacts represent irreplaceable cultural history and architectural heritage, with many dating back to the Middle Ages.

Queen’s expert Gauvin Bailey (Art History and Art Conservation) is available to speak to media about cultural monuments in Ukraine, especially the UNESCO cities of Kyiv and Lviv. Dr. Bailey has vast knowledge of Ukrainian Baroque architecture.

“Ukraine has some of the most important architecture, sculpture, and painting in Europe, and its two main cultural centres, Kyiv (Saint Sophia monastery and related buildings) and Lviv (historic centre) are UNESCO World Heritage Sites,” says Dr. Bailey.  “The 11th-century Saint Sophia monastery is one of the cradles of Ukrainian medieval architecture and the nearby 18th century church of Saint Andrew is considered to be one of the greatest examples of Rococo architecture in the world. Both are in immediate danger of bombardment given their proximity to Maidan square and the Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs building. Lviv has one of the largest concentrations of Renaissance and Baroque architecture in Eastern Europe and conservators are already racing to wrap up sculptures and protect monuments. Another Bartolomeo Rastrelli masterpiece, the Mariyinsky Palace in Kyiv, is the presidential palace and an obvious target.”

To arrange an interview, please contact Media Relations Manager Julie Brown (343-363-2763 or julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.  

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