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“Simply beautiful”

Vysoko-Petrovsky Monastery
Ranked #101 of 2,608 things to do in Moscow
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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

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.

Thank aniska
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Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

This is a beautiful monastic complex, with three temples still used for worship, built in different ages. The place is right in front of the museum of modern art. No ticket here. The atmosphere is like suspended, and far from that of the noisy neighborhood where the place is. Some ongoing restoration work, but the place is mainly in good shape. Visit may take 20-30 minutes. Highly recommended if your passing by.

1  Thank Carlo R
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Reviewed 10 August 2015

You can use this stop also for a lunch break.
They service nothing special there, but it is interesting to eat simple Russian food inside a Monastery. You should also try the bakery. Delicious!!!

1  Thank GK_NYC_HK_MOS
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

The Monastery of St Peter!

Not many people knows this place but this is an iconic place.

The monastery is believed to have been founded in the 1320s by Saint Peter of Moscow; now old, battered, over the years renovation started and stopped.

I have ventured in countless times since i use to live just about 100 yards from here, and whenever i am in Moscow i always make sure that i walk there for a visit. I have a lot of photos taken over the years and it's worth a stop. (Note: Dress appropriately)

The architecture is breathtaking

Thank Stone S
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Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

We passed by this place and decided to have a look. While it definitely needs a lot of restoration work, the site contains a number of beautifully decorated old churches, some nicer than in more touristic sites. Would benefit from English descriptions, but really worth a stop if you are in the neighbourhood.

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