Probably founded in 1315 because it is already mentioned in old documents dated 1317.
Demolitions, reconstructions, renovations and modifications took place during the centuries but the worst happened during the bolsheviks period: the monastery was officially closed down in 1918 even if an "underground" religious community kept operating and the 9 monks who had remained faithful were persecuted and eventually canonized saints.
It is a complex of several buildings with different construction dates. The most important are:
- cathedral of St. Peter: originally built in wood and only in 1514/17 rebuilt in stone. It has a characteristic octagonal shape which was lightly renovated at the end of the XVII century in the unique Russian baroque style. It is one of the first "rotundas" and is very small, but what mostly strikes visitors, are its dark brown walls and its black domes, no golden onion-shaped domes here.
- Church if our Lady of Bogolyubovo: built in 1684 on a previous wooden church. It is the second building in terms of importance and is in typical muscovite baroque style.
Part of its lower gallery became a refectory in 1805 and other parts of it were destroyed during Napoleon's invasion.
In 1929 the Bolsheviks closed it down and it only came back to worship in 2013.
- Church of St. Sergio's of Radonez: built as a refectory/church in 1690, is in typical muscovite baroque style. Here, too, many renovations took place and still needs a heavy one since at present day (2016) its domes are damaged by weather and time consumption.
- Church of our Lady of Tolga: built in 1744, has a rectangular shape, no columns and a bell tower. It was reopened to worship in 1999.
- Church of our Lady of Kazan: was actually only a chapel and was built in 1905 along the external walls of the monastery.
The precious icon of our Lady of Kazan which was kept here, got lost during the October Revolution.
All in all, is a true oasis of peace and worship, not too far from the city center and absolutely worth a visi.
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