The Monastery of St Jacobs is only a 20 minute wander away from the Rostov Kremlin along the shore line of Lake Nero. It still functions as a working religious community, but has areas open to the public such as its church and garden.
" - Ñäâèíü áðîâè, à òî ìîðäà ó òåáÿ êàêàÿ-òî íå öàðñêàÿ. Îé, çàñûïåìñÿ!"
" - Knit your brow! Your muzzle looks not like Tsar's one. Oh, we'll be nabbed!" (from film "Ivan Vasilyevich changes his profession")
Monastery of our Savior and St. Jacob is located on the approaches to Rostov from the Moscow side, and can be seen for many kilometers.
It was founded in the XIV century by Rostov bishop Iakov. The first stone church in the monastery - the five-dome Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - was put up in 1686. The cathedral has frescoes of the XVII century.
In 1836 the Church of St. Jacob, consecrated to the founder of the monastery, was built there. The church has relics of Rostov Saints and the Vatopedskaya wonderworking icon of the Holy Lady. Part of the monastery necropolis has also remained there. Now the monastery has begun functioning again.
Here you can try your skills in Rostov traditional crafts. Andrey and me made a funny clay cat which was the most interesting our souvenir from Rostov.
The huge Cathedral of St. Dmitri, built in 1795-1801 by serf architects who belonged to Count Sheremetev, is an outstanding monument in the Russian neoclassical style.