Valday Things to Do
Iverski monastery seems to very quite famous for its old 17th century printing house, ask to be built by Patriarch Nikon.
Theres this amazing history details that this was in fact the only existing printing house in Russia apart from the one that existed in Moscow. Very interesting i think.
This Monastery was also a very important ceramics centre and had a big ceramic workshops. These can bee seen on the ceramic details outside of the Cathedral of Dormition.
You have to see this by night, and suposely i have to see it by day light. hehehe.
You can enjoy this beautiful building called the Cathedral of Dormition.
Iversky monastery outside walls are just incredible and give you the sense of a true fortified monastery back in the 17th century. Just in front of these walls you have the Valdaiskoe Lake which during the winter is fronzen.
This is the left tower beside the main gate going to the lateral door of the monastery right in front of the lake.
This is where the monastery master piece is located. The icon is the famous icon of Iverskaia. The original icon is in Iverski monastery in Greece. The copy was made on the request of Nikon, Patriarch of Moscow in 1647.
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Valday Warnings and Dangers
Russia in the winter can get really cold. This is how cold it was during my visit. Put about more 3 degrees to the one you see on the thermometre and youll have outside temperature of about -18 celsius!!