All around Novgorod youll find lots of churches like this one. In almost everystreet you have something realetd to a church either small chappel or a small monastery. This one on the picture is located on the road heading Moscow.
St. Nicholas Cathedral of the Vyazhishchi monastery is just wonderful to see.
This monastery is located a few kms north from Novgorod sightly to the left off the road to St. Peterburg. This is a relly off the beaten path as it is actually located inside a old and enourmours still active factory complex. You have to ask permission to this gate guard to go inside the complex and still drive 6 kms until you get to the village of Vyazhishchi, where this beautiful monastery is located.
This monastery is often and errouneous called the Syrkovo monastery.
Perhaps you were wondering what is like to live in the Russian countryside? A dacha is a typical residence that you will find in this region. They lined the road between Novgorod and St. Petersburg. Some of them are beautifully painted. Each of them presides over a plot of land used for agriculture. Most of them had a garden.
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I guess it's hard to find that place! It's the Rjurik's fortification for about 5 kilometers from Novgorod. Locals love the place thou having their picnics near the river. Fortification is in ruins and hidden into bushes and long grass but worth to see for archeologists as there are loads of ceramics in the ground and on the ground from all times. To get there - ask locals!
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If you're in Russia you just have to visit some monastery. Near Novgorod on the south of town you can find Jurjev monastery and just nearby lies open-air museum of old Russian wooden architecture "Vitoslaovnitsy."
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12 kilometrs to the North of Novgorod there is an ansamble of Vyazhischsky Monastry. This male Monastry was founded in XIV century in a very picturesque place. In XVII the Monastry was redesigned. The main Monasterial Church is named after St. Nicholas, there is as well Ioann Theologian Refectory Church.
Monastry buildings are covered with multi-colored tiles.
In 1989 the Monastry was brought back to life and in 1990 it was comsecrated and few nunns moved here from Pukhtetsky Monastry in Estonia, nowadays there are about 7 nuns.
10 km to the North of Novgorod. Is on the right high bank of Volkhov river. The Monastry was found in early Novgorod times, though it gained importance in XVI-XVII cent. The oldest church of Our Saviour on Khutyn'was built by a black monk Varlaam ("black" means that these monks follow the most strict rules, amongs others they vow celibacy, silence, etc.) in 1192.
New Transfiguration Church (1515) was built in the place of the old one, which was disassembled. In this church is buried Gavriil Derzhavin (1816).
The whole Monastry was almost totally ruined during WWII, later it was partially rennovated. Now there is functioning nunnery. This Monastry is well known pilgrim place.
Nearby Yuriev Monastery (a kilometr away) one can find museum-reserve of wooden architecture - Vitoslavitsy. Here are collected religious, living and household building of Novgorod region of XIV-XIX cent. The most early exhibits date back to XIV cent. - Assumption Church from village Kuritsko, Birth of Virgin Mary Curch from village Peredki.
St. George cathedral was layed by Prince Vsevolod and Father Superior Kiriyak.
In the end of 12th cent. St. George Cathedral became Prince's burial-vault. At the southern wall of the Cathedral there are 2 sarcophagi, in which Fiodor, older brother of Alexandr Nevsky, and his mother Feodosia are buried. [The Cathedral is opened daily exept for Wednesdays from 10.00 till 18.00 - during April 15 till October 15, from 10.00 - 16.00 during October 15 till April 15]
A couple kilometers to the South from Novgorod, on the opposite bank of river Volkhov (flows through Novgorod as well) one can find the most ancient Novgorodian monastry - Yuriev Monastry. Now it functions. The name of the monastry is mentioned for the 1st time in chronicals in connection with construction of St. George Cathedral in 1119.
The Monastry was build as a fortress-fortpost at the Southern borders of the city. During 14th-15th cent. Yuriev Monastry was very rich and possessed a lot of chapter-lands. During the annexation of Novgorod to Moscow the Great Duke Ivan III took away half of the Monastry's lands. However there were some positive things that were done by Ivan III - his court architector Aristotel Fiorovanti build a bridge across Volkhov to the Monastry.
The buildings remained on the Monastry territory date back to XVII-XIX cent. Monastry Bell Tower was erected from 1838-1841 in accordance to architecht Sokolov drafts. Tower's height is 52 meters. The Tower had a unique clock, to which mechanism 17 bells were connected, they rang to mark each hour. There were another 15 bells positioned a bit lower, which called monks to masses. The biggest bell weighted 33 tones.