St. George Monastery, Veliky Novgorod

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. To visit St. George Monastery and other attractions in Veliky Novgorod, use our Veliky Novgorod trip planner .
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  • Within 5km of the city is the beautiful cathedral of Exaltation, not visited and also the Cathedral of St. George. This one from the 19th century. XII, has 3 domes (usually have 5), being the main very high. He's in rehab.
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  • St. George (Yuriev, in Russian) Monastery is located in the surroundings of Veliky Novgorod, an historical town 200km far from St. Petersburg. The complex is very authentic and orthodox and it has 3 c...  more »
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  • Beautiful serene place, Riverside beach. Awesome place to relax
  • A small man's monastery. On the territory there is the St. George's Cathedral built in 1127. Inside the walls are partially restored. Still, many restoration works are needed. As such, there is no altar. In the Cathedral it is very cold and sunny, regardless of the season
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