Our next stop was the tiny village of Goritsy from where we drove about 8 km to the huge 14th century St Cyril’s Monastery which is the largest in Europe. Only 17 monks still live there and nowadays it has become more of a museum to showcase its superb collection of frescoes and icons. The magnificent 15th-century Cathedral of the Assumption still functions as a Russian Orthodox church and is a favourite spot for weddings!
Among the several monasteries that remain in this ancient town, the most picturesque is this one right here overlooking Lake Pleshcheev.
Pereslavl-Zalessky’s Goritsky Uspensky Monastery
Entering the stunning gateway of the Pereslavl-Zalessky’s Goritsky Uspensky Monastery that was founded in the beginning of the 14th century during the reign of Grand Prince Ivan Kalita. Despite being a rich and importance monastery in its time, much of the history of the monastery was lost forever after the monastery’s archive was destroyed by fire in 1722. It is known that St Dmitry of Priluki and St Daniel of Pereslavl-Zalessky were once monks at the monastery before going on to found new monasteries.
The above photos show the beauty of the frescoes upon entering the Pereslavl-
Of all my stops along the Volga River to Moscow the history of Goritsky Monastery is
One of my favourite buildings in Goritsky Monastery, above, had a nearby gateway that led to the charming Lake Pleshcheev.
In Russian ‘Goritsky’ is related to a word for ‘little hill’. And although relatively small, the lake played an important role in Russian history, as a training ground for the young Peter the Great, who practised sailing there.
Just how breathtaking is the architecture here? I had such a thoroughly fascinating visit to Goritsky
I really hope you’re enjoying my Russian travels with Volga Dream. If you’re catching up, the first stop was the magnificent St. Petersburg. then we set sail for the charming Svirstroy, then the otherworldy Kizhi Island.
I’ll be following this post with my whole adventures