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XVIth c. reliquary found in Mstislavl granted to town's museum

The XVIth c. reliquary found in Mstislavl was granted to town's museum, historian, archaeologist, doctor of history Igor Marzalyuck told. The ceremony took place during the agricultural festival "Dozhynki - 2015" held at Mazolovo agritownship on September 4.

The reliquary cross with the image of Saint Nikolai was found at the depth of 1.2 m during the excavations on Zamkovaya Hill.  

"Such crosses enjoyed high popularity in the 15-16th cc. Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, especially among mercants and travellers, because they were believed to protect from terrible death. This cross dates back to the 16-17th cc. The reliquary is completely preserved, and none Belarusian museum has a reliquary in such good condition. Besides, art conservators managed to open it and found pieces of relics", doctor Igor Marzalyuck told.

Timed to the town's birthday  Mstislavl history and archaeology museum will receive hundreds of new valuable exhibits having been found during excavations in Mstislavl.

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