St. George Monastery, Veliky Novgorod
(4.7/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Situated on the outskirts of the city on the Bank of the Volkhov River near Istok, near Lake Ilmen. ...
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  • Many times was in Novgorod, and that's only now reached St. George's monastery on the Bank of the majestic Volkhov. Here is what to look for: two Cathedral, four churches, a magnificent Bell Tower and Chapel-canopy over the Holy source. The main temple of the monastery (and oldest)-St. George he almost 900 years, huge space inside, decorated with frescoes. To visit without fail! Also available to travelers for travelers exploring the Cathedral of the exaltation of the cross (to the left of the entrance with blue domes), spasskaya Church (to the right of the entrance) and the tiny church of St. Alexis in the corner. The rest of the Church is already on the territory of the monastery, where the monks only allowed. I would advise only visit St. George's Cathedral, other churches have no interior decoration, ancient icons and other really cool stuff, and just enough to view them from the outside. In the monastery shop tasty baking, there are free toilets, parking near walls of monastery is very capacious.
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  • On the Bank of the Volkhov River is one of the oldest monasteries. The territory clean, already adapted for tourists. There is a souvenir shop. Building of the Cathedral from the outside seems majestic, monumental. Inside a very old frescoes. A small church bench. In this Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky's mother is buried. Despite the large number of tourist buses in the parking lot, it was not very crowded. In the Cathedral is dark and quiet. An incredible feeling of enjoy the silence of this Cathedral, breathe this air, admiring the old frescoes. This air must pass through itself. This silence must be heard.
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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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