Church of Spasa-na-Iliene, Veliky Novgorod

Small, white, and charming, Church of Spasa-na-Iliene bears delicate details on the exterior, and inside shelters masterpieces of the 13th-century painter Theophanes the Greek. During World War II the church reportedly served as a Nazi workstation for machine guns, and thus the colorful frescoes have been restored and in some places reproduced. Climb the wooden staircase to the mezzanine to take in the beauty of the frescoes, and then continue upwards to a landing under the dome. The church lies at the end of a long, picturesque boulevard lined with apple trees. Use our Veliky Novgorod online trip itinerary planner to visit Church of Spasa-na-Iliene on your trip to Veliky Novgorod, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • July 9, 2017
    This is a unique place-here you can see the original frescoes of Theophanes the Greek brushes. Of course their little, you want more, but you can understand that even one authentic masterpiece of the Russian middle ages is a real joy for connoisseurs of iconography and Russian culture.
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  • June 12, 2017
    In this church preserved frescoes of Theophanes the Greek. Live they are extraordinary! Important: inside the Church supports some humidity, so on rainy days it is closed to the public.
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  • June 4, 2017
    Temple works as a museum. Entry without benefits 100 rub. On the first floor you can walk on the Boardwalk, there is a small playground on the second floor. Preserved beautiful frescoes of Theophanes the Greek, very little of course.
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