St. George Monastery, Veliky Novgorod

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Admire the remnants of medieval frescoes and learn about Russian history at St. George Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the country and the former center of religious and cultural life in an ancient town. The monastery was attacked during Soviet rule, and was closed in 1929 after five of the six churches on the grounds were destroyed the year before. During World War II, German armed forces occupied the buildlings, which were damaged yet again. Since its return to the Russian Orthodox Church in the 1990s, the property has been restored. The monastery is a source of important historical information on medieval Novgorod, given that the first references made to the main church on the property date back to the 12th century, when it served as the burial place of Novgorodian princes. Be sure to visit the various temples on the property, including the Church of Saint George, where the two sons of Yaroslav the Wise, Izyaslav of Luki and Rostislav, are buried. The monastery is easily accessible via public transportation. Dress warmly, as it is close to the lake and often gets chilly. For St. George Monastery and beyond, use our Veliky Novgorod trip builder to get the most from your Veliky Novgorod vacation.
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  • For this very old russian orthodox monastery, we had to go down to the south from Veliky Novgorod. It is located very near to the source of river Volhov and its outflow from the lake Ilmen. We had tak...  more »
  • I had planned to go straight to Vitoslavlitsy Museum but when the bus stopped, I got off at the monastery. And I don't regret it at all. It's a peaceful nice place with several beautiful churches. St ...  more »
  • The most ancient monastery of Russia.Near Novgorod the Great, Orthodox monastery.St. George's Cathedral impresses with its grandeur.The combination of Byzantine and Russian architectural schools.  more »
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  • Very old and beautiful area, the oldest chirch is in owful condition. Tasty monastry food kiosk
  • Very nice church.
  • Beautiful monastery on the banks of the river Volkhov. Area neat and tidy. One of the elders of the churches partially reconstructed (inside), but it works. There are paid toilet. There is a parking lot, but the number of people wishing to visit a monastery at the weekend more than the number of parking spaces. Often here bring bus tours.
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  • Ancient monasteries it is very big and interesting cultural layer. The main attraction of the yuriev monastery Saint George Cathedral 1119 year. I advise you to visit.
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  • The greatness of the monastery and temples. Come. See for yourself.
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Despite Veliky Novgorod's popularity as a tourist destination, it offers a somewhat limited selection of accommodations. If you want to stay in the center, choose from several mid-range hotels and a couple more luxurious options. Alternatively, explore the few hostels and guesthouses here, some of which are located in peaceful areas outside the city. Due to the limited options, be sure to reserve lodging ahead of time.
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