Search for flooded lions of Tamanyan kicked off in Russia following Hay Dzayn publication

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On the eve, Russian writer-journalist Valeria Olyunina in an exclusive interview with Hay Dzayn, told about the activities of Alexander Tamanyan, outstanding Soviet Armenian architect and town planner, representative of the neoclassical direction in architecture, people's architect of the Second Degree, author of the master plan for Yerevan, as well many buildings in Yerevan, St. Petersburg and Moscow, in Russia, about which almost nothing is known in Armenia.

Studying the Russian archives and exploring the activities of Tamanyan in Russia, as well as the legacy he left, Olyunina made a number of discoveries and re-introduced the architect Tamanyan, highlighting the little-known period of his life.

Note that at the beginning of the 20th century, Alexander Tamanyan reconstructed a stone manor, decorating the coast of the river with statues of lions on the banks of the Mologa River.

The publication of the interview found a wide response both in Armenia and in Russia. Olyunina told HAY DZAYN correspondent that “thanks to this publication, Yaroslavl ethnographers responded, one of whom is a historian, director of the museum“ Flooded shrines of the Mologa region” in Breytovo.

“Today, on February 21, the participants of not only the research, but also the tourism project “Flooded shrines of the Mologa region” (winners of the Russian Geographical Society Award 2018 for the best historical and cultural project) will attempt to clean the embankment from silt and other debris, and to find the very lions with which architect Alexander Tamanyan decorated the Mologa Embankment, or, at least the fact that he left them. For this reason, for the first time in the history of the Rybinsk Reservoir, a multi-day expeditionary ice camp “Small Arctic” will be set up right on the ice. This is reported by the author of the project, Yaroslavl local historian Andrey Tutarikov.

“At the beginning of the 20th century, the manor was reconstructed. A stylish stone embankment was built and decorated with statues of lions - handsome, visible from all sides. This was done by Alexander Hovanesovich Tamanyan, one of the best masters of Russian classical architecture, a graduate of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. Shortly after completing this work, he was awarded the title of Academician and elected Chairman of the Council of the Academy of Arts, ” - says the author of the project, Yaroslavl local historian Andrei Tutarikov.

According to him, after the 1917 revolution, everything changed.

“The richest collections were transported to large cities, an agricultural technical school was organized in the buildings of the estate. The history of the estate ended with the creation of the Rybinsk reservoir. Before flooding it was destroyed. Beautiful lions stood on the waterfront until the very end.

In 2017, 70 years after filling the Rybinsk reservoir with water, the participants of the research project “Flooded Shrines of the Mologa Territory” pierced the lanes in the ice and sank to the bottom in the area of ​​the flooded manor. And they found a stone embankment there, covered with a thick layer of silt, heaped with logs, but perfectly preserved!”.

According to the publication, on March 13, the Museum of Modern Art of Yaroslavl will host the Russian local historian Yuri Timoshin, who will tell visitors about Tamanyan (Tamanov) and his creative activity in Yaroslavl.

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