In November, 200–year-old letters, banknotes worth a small fortune, calendar pages and other fascinating scraps were found during renovation works on the Cathedral of the Assumption in Zvenigorod, just outside of Moscow.
As reported in RT.com, the surprising discovery was made when builders began clearing away hundreds of birds’ nests that had accumulated under the cathedral’s roof. Evidently, birds had been picking up scraps of paper for centuries to use as building material for their homes.
“The oldest documents probably come from the 1830s, when the roof was replaced,” Dmitriy Sedov from the Zvenigorod Museum told Russian media.
The Cathedral of the Assumption in Zvenigorod was built in the early 15th century. It is known for its frescos by Russia’s greatest medieval painter Andrei Rublev.