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    MANEZH CAN BE RECONSTRUCTED UP TO ONE MILLIMETER PRECISION - PRESIDENT OF MOSCOW ARCHITECTS' UNION

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 16 (RIA NOVOSTI) - After a fire Manezh has not lost its value as an architectural monument, Viktor Logvinov, president of the Moscow Architects' Union, said.

    Speaking at a RIA Novosti press conference on Tuesday, he recalled that many architectural monuments have to be renovated, old structures replaced by new with nobody doubting their historical value.

    According to Logvinov, upon reconstruction the visible part of Manezh will be as before. "The walls and columns have not suffered. The burnt ceilings are hidden," Logvinov said. The architect said that part of the support beams will be wooden and their construction will be open for view. "It was a very elegant structure," he stressed.

    According to Logvinov, the value of the burnt ceiling lay in the unique structure, supporting the roof of the large building, 44.86 meters wide, without props. He is sure that the spans of wood can be fully reconstructed. "All the drawings have been preserved," Logvinov said. "Manezh can be reconstructed up to one millimeter." The Manezh fire broke out in the attic at around 9:00 p.m., Moscow time, on Sunday and was extinguished at 04:00 a.m. on Monday. Two firefighters died and one was wounded.

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