At Ukraine’s Largest Art Museum, Race to Protect Heritage

LvIv, Ukraine, The director of Ukraine’s largest art museum walked its hallways, supervising as staff packed away its collections to protect their national heritage in case the Russian invasion advances west.

In one partially empty gallery of the Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum, employees placed carefully wrapped baroque pieces into cardboard boxes. A few meters away, a group walked down the majestic main staircase carrying a giant piece of sacred art, the 18th century Bohorodchany iconostasis.

The doors of the museum in the western city of Lviv have been closed since Russia’s war on Ukraine began on 24 February 2022 and heritage sites across the country face danger as the fighting continues. European cultural institutions offer to help as the museum’s staff race to preserve the museum’s works.

Source: Oman News Agency