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 »
  • The monastery is quite large in size, well obihozhen. The main attraction is the ancient high Cathedral in the Centre of the territory, which can be seen for many miles around. But there are not allowed (in the evening, at least). Behind the monastery-territory leisure on the shore of the river Volkhov virtually its source from Ilmen Lake, sandy beaches, groves of vetel, parking, benches and barbecues. This skewed sense of the sacredness of the place as a summer residence and recreation near the monastery. But overall impression of grandeur of the place remains
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  • Just want to write that in such places I drive only for healing and relaxation of the soul, and only with private guide! This is not the place for the onlookers! This is the place for the healing of the soul and filling the grace! Our guide Dmitry Dubro beautiful and interesting and told us all about the city and the temples and monasteries. Such places are holy, and that is distinctly you, being there! How thrilling!!!!
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  • Very nice church.
  • A beautiful place. Entourage only spoils public beach within 5 minutes from the monastery. Yes, there are local pastries (=
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  • Come here not for the first time. Very beautiful place. Waiting for the end of the restoration of the Cathedral of St. George
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  • The ancient monastery
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  • Beautiful, light monastery!
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