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Pereslavl-Zalessky, Nikitinski Monastry

11th cent, 1564

Photo RWFG 1977

The Annunciation Church in the St. Nikita Monastery, the oldest in the Pereslavl territory, is in the northen part of Pereslavl not far from the Troytskaya Sloboda. Allegedly, it stands on the site of an ancient pagan place of worship. The Monastery is commonly believed to have been founded in the 11th century. None of the old wooden constructions survived. In the 16th century Ivan the Terrible and his wife Anastasiya Romanovna funded the construction of the stone monastery.

In 1930 the bells from the bell tower and the gilded crosses from St. Nikita Cathedral were taken away and the 19th century altar screen was torn down and “utilized” as firewood. - In 1990 the monastery was given back to the Church and nowadays its buildings are gradually being restored. As before, the ancient shrine of Pereslavl sees pilgrims coming from all over Russia and from abroad.
Text from Guide to Pereslavl Zalessky

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The Nikitinsky complex in 2008

Pereslavl-Zalessky, Church of the Transfiguration


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The Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior was erected between 1152 and 1157. It is the oldest church of the Vladimir-Pereslavl-Zalessky school. Unfortunately, the frescoes of the 12th century have not survived.

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The Pereslavl “Transfiguration Icon" is now kept in the Tretyakov Gallery. The Russian art-historians claim that it was painted by Theophanes the Greek at end of the 14th cent. If it is indeed by Theophanes (1340 – 1410), it shows already the highly spiritual style characteristic of the 15th century (Rublyev).

Perislavl-Zalessky Church of Peter the Metropolitan


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The church of Metropolitan Peter

Originally the church was built of wood and only in 1584 the construction of a stone church of the same name was financed by Ivan the Terrible. The Church of St. Peter the Metropolitan is one of the most beautiful architectural monuments of the town. Three sides of its elegant tented roof are circled by an open walking gallery. The stepped rising arches augment the decorative look of the church. The church is one of the last buildings of the classical 16th century

Perislavl-Zalessky Alexander Nevskyi Church
and the Cathedral of the Icon of Vladimir


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The Cathedral of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God (rear) and the Church of Alexander Nevskiy(front) were built iin the 1740s. The construction was financed by a citizen of Pereslavl by the name of F. Ugrimov, a merchant and a factory owner. Both temples were part of the Novodevichy Monastery of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When the Pereslavl eparchy was abolished in the second half of the 18th century, the not-so-wealthy convent was closed and its churches turned into ordinary parish churches.

At the beginning of the 20th century the spacious Cathedral of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God became the new town cathedral and the ancient Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior was subordinated to it. The 18th century belfry which stood between the Vladimirsky Cathedral and the Church of Alexander Nevsky was demolished in 1930 along with the convent’s walls when more lanes were added to the Yaroslavsky highway. Only a small part of the original wall has survived. These two churches, situated in the immediate proximity of the Red square, were spared as parts of an integral architectural ensemble.

Text from Guide to Pereslavl Zalessky

Cathedral of the Vladimir Icon


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Another splendid photograph of the Church of the Vladimir Icon.

Pereslavl-Zalessky, St. Nikolas Convent

Late 17th cent, rebuilt 2003

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The new ensemble of St Nikolas

In the first decades of the Soviet Union the enclosure wall, the tented bell-tower dated back to1693, and the Nicola cathedral built in 1721 (the money came from the Muscovites Obuhovi), were dismantled. What has survived from the monastery are the Annunciation Church with epigraphs of old times, the St. Peter and Paul’s gate church built in the middle of the 17th century, fragments of the monastery wall with the gates, and a cell constructed in 1894.

The original sanctuary is now being actively restored. Not only its old facilities are undergoing reconstruction but also new ones appeared instead of those which had been ruined. The money for restoration of the enclosure wall, the bell tower and the Nicola cathedral came from V.I. Tirishkin. The Nicola Cathedral, the main church of the sanctuary, was built in the image of the Uspenskiy Cathedral of the Kievsko-Pechorskaya Lavra (The architect is V. Izhikov, 1999–2003).

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The church and bell tower built in 2003.
Unfortunately the transformer and its wiring were not removed. I could have eliminated them with Photoshop,
but the effort would have been prohibitive and the result unsatisfactory

Today, admiring the beautiful ensemble of the Nicola Convent it is difficult to imagine that it endured more devastation than any other Pereslavl sanctuary in the years when religion was not in favor. Fifteen years ago you could hardly identify two dilapidated churches and a small section of the wall of the old monastery. Today, about 50 nuns live in the convent which, as before, is now one of the prosperous sanctuaries of Pereslavl again.
Text from Guide to Pereslavl Zaleskiy

Ostrov, Church of the Intercession on the estate of Boris Godunov


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Ostrov, west of Pereslavl, Church of the Intercession on Boris Godunov's estate(?)

I found the village of Ostrov
in the Pereslavl district on Google Earth. However, there is no church visible in GE, nor are the churches in Zabolot'e and Zakubezhe the one shown here.

Where can I find the church pictured above ?

Aleksandrov, the Kreml

early 16th cent

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Alexandrov, entry to the Kreml

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Aleksandrov, Trinity Cathedral of the Novospassky Monastery


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