St. George Monastery, Veliky Novgorod

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. To visit St. George Monastery and other attractions in Veliky Novgorod, use our Veliky Novgorod trip planner .
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  • Bad weather kept our plan to go to St. George's monastery, and we have combined this trip with a visit to the monastery in the village of Vjazhishhi, after watching Eve sent the recommendation of this site. And have not regretted.
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  • The excursion was very short-lived, however impression left for a long time. Probably this place was intended for such a beautiful complex, near the stunning Lake Ilmen (name of childhood fairy) and mighty Volkhov. But right from the gate you can see optician Rjurikovo mound and feel, where are all those historical characters and events, which learned from textbooks. 12 21! Boggles the mind what antiquity. Place the ancient and because the namolennoe there really easy to breathe, it seems that the monastery was ALWAYS here, though different periods of life happened. Very recommend to visit, even if you're a man absolutely nevocerkvlennyj, "here Russian spirit here Rus smells".
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  • The yuryev monastery with 12 centuries was one of the richest in Russia. Situated at the source of the river Volkhov from Lake Ilmen, magnificent landscape. Beautiful monastery, in the center of the ancient 12-century St. George's Cathedral. If you go in the Novgorod yuriev monastery, a must! And next in 7-10 walk-Vitoslavlicy Museum of wooden architecture.
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  • Very old and beautiful area, the oldest chirch is in owful condition. Tasty monastry food kiosk
  • Very nice church.
  • According to the legend, founded in 1030 by Prince Yaroslav the wise. Yaroslav Vladimirovich in baptism was named George; in the Russian language most commonly took the form of "Yuri", hence the name of the monastery. The first recorded mention refers to the year 1119. The buildings of the monastery were originally made of wood, like its collegiate church of Saint George. In 1119 year by order of Prince Mstislav the great stone church was founded is St. George's Cathedral, was built by master Peter — the first Russian architect whose name is referred to as Annals.
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  • A very beautiful, peaceful place. Convenient parking. Nearby on the shore you can relax and enjoy the picturesque scenery.
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  • 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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