November 19, 2019 is the opening date for the exhibition “Revived Ukrainian Treasures” that consists of the rare museum items rescued from the ruins of the Dormition Cathedral. Today they belong to the Fund collection of the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve. One of the valuable displays to be presented at the exhibition after its complex restoration is unique tabernacle, which was donated to the Dormition Cathedral in 1726.
The tabernacle (known in the Ukrainian language as “hrobnytsya”) is a sacred repository for the Holy Gifts - parts of the Body of Christ. It stands on the church throne. The most ancient tabernacles looked like doves, boxes or reliquaries. In the 17th and 18th centuries they start acquiring the form of a temple.
Sacred repositories were made of precious materials and were often donated by the wealthy. The inscription on the presented tabernacle – “in commemoration of the sinner Vyktor Podgorsky, the Archimandrite”, symbolizes that this item was given as a gift to the Dormition Cathedral in 1726.
The exhibit has the original form, which reflects the influence of the West European church art and demonstrates the high level of mastership applied to jewellery and enamel.
Unique tabernacle has been kept in the vestry of the Dormition Cathedral for two centuries. Since 1920s it has joined Fund collection of the All-Ukrainian Museum Town. During the war the tabernacle was evacuated but in 1947 it returned to the Fund collection of the Preserve.