BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: New Generation Thinker Victoria Donovan from the University of St Andrews

Russia's Sacred Ruins

The Barbour Room

A second batch of tickets will be released at 12noon on Friday 17 February.

New Generation Thinker Victoria Donovan explores the dilemmas of post-war reconstruction in Soviet Russia and asks why the atheist Communist regime was prepared to spend millions on the restoration of religious architecture.

On encountering the war-charred ruins of historic Novgorod in 1944, the Soviet historian Dmitry Likhachev mourned Russia’s transformation into a ‘graveyard without headstones’. Yet, just 20 years later, the town had risen from the ashes; even the onion-domed churches had been restored. How did this happen?


For your information…

  • A second batch of tickets will be released at 12noon on Friday 17 February.
  • A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


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