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    The Znamenskaya Tower

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 28, 2005

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    The Znamenskaya Tower is also called St Blase Tower, and it's one of two stone towers of town fortifications of the XVII century, built on the site where there were wooden towers which burnt down in 1658.

    Today there's jusr the tower... no walls, no buildings! However the tower itself looks (and possibly acted) as a fortress: the structure is massive, with thick heavy blind walls, merlous at the top, an arch passage-way at the bottom, and the never-missing onion-shaped cupola.

    Znamenskaya Tower
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    Memorial to the Militia of Minin and Pozharsky

    by pinik Written Nov 23, 2004

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    Just opposite the entrance to the Spaso-Preobrazhensky monastery, outside of its walls there is monument placed in the memory of people leading by Minin and Pozharsky left Yaroslavl in their way to liberate Moscow in 1612.
    The militia started their way from that place.

    In the memory of militia 1612
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    Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery. The Belfry - 3

    by pinik Written Nov 22, 2004

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    While enjoying Yaroslavl' from the top of the belfry in Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, pay attention to the "knobbles" decorating the tower. They are really very strange and atypical for the old Russian architectural style.
    It would be interesting to know what are they symbolize (if they do symbolize anything) :)

    View from the belfry to Yaroslavl
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    Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery. The Belfry

    by pinik Written Nov 22, 2004

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    Just opposite the enter of the monastery there is the belfry situated. You may buy a ticket and climb up to it (in November 2004 the ticket costed 30 rubles, about 1$). While going up you may see the bells of different sizes and, finally, on the top of the belfry the view to Yaroslavl' center and to Kotorosl river opens.
    In case you don't have a map of the town, it's a good way to find your way around it :)

    Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery's belfry
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    Preobrazhensky Cathedral - 2

    by pinik Written Nov 22, 2004

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    All the old buildings and churches has plates attached to its walls. In case you can read Russian it could be interesting to read historical information on them about buildings the plates attached to.

    Preobrazhensky Cathedral. XVI century

    Was built in 1516 in place of the church of XIIIth century. Painted in 1564.
    The northern church-porch was added in XVIIth century.
    In XVII, XVIII and XIX the building was reconstructed considerably.
    Was restored in 1920s and 1954-60.

    Preobrazhensky cathedral - history plate
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    Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery - 2

    by pinik Written Nov 22, 2004

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    Besides it's great and long history the monastery is also interesting while wandering around the town. I didn't have enough time for visiting its museums but just to roam inside its churches, to climb on to the belfry and to take a look at the town from it.

    Inside the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery
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    Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery

    by pinik Updated Nov 22, 2004

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    In case you can read Russian it's better to read at the link below :) Following is the shorten translate of that text.

    The monastery was built in the second half of XIIth century as the Yaroslavl fortress at the main Kotorosl' crossing. In the beginning the monastery was not that big and consisted of wooden buildings.
    First stone churches were built in the beginning of XIIIth century during the time of Konstantin, the duke of Rostov, and Vsevolod, the first duke of Yaroslavl'. At the same time there were the first North-East Russian religious school and the library with the big collection of Russian and Greek manuscripts founded at the monastery.

    The fortress wall was the great help during the siege of Yaroslavl in 1609. And from these walls the militia started it's way for Moscow liberation.

    In the end of the XVIIIth century the monastery was cancelled and turned into the residence of Rostov and Yaroslavl archbishops.

    From 1959 there is Yaroslavl historical-archaeological museum on the territory of the monastery.

    Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery's walls

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    The Spassky Monastery: Abbot’s Residence

    by aliante1981 Written Jan 7, 2004

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    The Abbot’s residence of the Spassky Monastery belongs to the XVII century. Its main features are the broad ante-room with a main porch - dismantled in year 1812 and restored in 1950s, when the monastery was already a museum. The porch served to connect the residence with the refectory. The ground floor of this building housed a bakery, the kvass (‘kvass’ is the traditional Russian drink) room and cellars. The upper floor had mostly living rooms for the abbot and his household. Rich - and almost lush - decorations next to the windows and cornices with intricate ornamental elements makes the building more impressive.

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    Spassky Monastery: Refectory

    by aliante1981 Written Jan 7, 2004

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    The Refectory is one of the most ancient buildings of the monastery, dating back to as early as the XVI century. It's a two-storey structure with vaults supported by a massive central pier - structures like that were fairly common in Russian architecture (including several famous churches in Moscow, built in this style and easier to visit). While the underground floor involved a kitchen and store-rooms, the hall on the upper floor was dedicated to consumption, rather than preparation of food, as it served as a dining-hall. In winter time the hall was heated by a warm air delivered through air-ways.

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    Belfry of the church of St John the Baptist

    by aliante1981 Written Jan 2, 2004

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    The red-and-white Belfry of the church of St John the Baptist was erected in the late XVII century - early XVIII century and is a typical model of multi-staged column-like belfry. It’s also one of the most amazing things I have seen during my short trip to the city of Yaroslavl. While its elegant silhouette and predominant colours were in line with the traditional styling of the Yaroslavl’s architecture, the Belfry’s architectural forms are - on the other hand - quite atypical, especially the second and the third stages richly decorated with elements of West-European style, like pilasters, consoles, and rusting.

    Pity it - just like the church of St. John the Baptist itself - looks somewhat dilapidated (which is a shame!) and required a bit of effort to get to.

    Still, a thing absolutely not to miss!!!

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    Church of St Demetrius of Salonica

    by aliante1981 Written Jan 2, 2004

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    Church of St Demetrius of Salonica - built during the years 1671 to 1673 - is an important monument of Yaroslavl, because nothing like this - for several details - was built during the XVII century - a golden time for Yaroslavlýs religious architecture. The church underwent several alterations in time, for example when the chapel with gallery was added in 1700. Originally it was a church of five domes - like so many in Russia, but the lateral domes were brought down at the turn of the XIX century, leaving it with a single one. As a ýcompensationý a porch was built at its west side. During the 1918 - 1922 Civil War the central dome and tent-roof of the belfry were destroyed. Massive restoration works were needed to repair the church.

    In 1686 church of St Demetrius of Salonica was decorated by frescoes painted by a group of Yaroslavl masters: Sebastjan Dmitrijev headed them (including several of his own pupils).

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    Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery. The Belfry - 2

    by pinik Written Nov 22, 2004

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    Some historical information about the belfry. The text on the plate is as following:

    The belfry was built in XVIth century.
    In 1803 - 23 it was reconstructed by P. Pankov's project.

    The belfry. Historical plate
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    Preobrazhensky Cathedral

    by pinik Written Nov 22, 2004

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    Situated in the center of Spaso-Preobrazhensky monastery the church was built in 1506 - 1516 by moscow builders and painted by moscow and yaroslavl painters in 1563 - 1564.

    Preobrazhensky cathedral
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