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The architectural ensemble of the monastery is one of the most important creations of the Russian artistic culture. The whole medieval town stretches out on the shore of the magnificent Siverskoye Lake. On the territory of 12 hectares there are 11...more
Sobornaya Sq., 1 | Zapovednaya Zona, Kirillov 161100, Russia
Like a number of reviewers we visited this large and fascinating site as a part of a Viking river cruise. Many reviewers have given historical details so I will not repeat this again. However I would say that the small exhibitions are impressive and the...More
We had a very amusing guide take us round. The buildings are not in the best condition but the icons in the museum are excellent. You have to pay extra if you want to take pictures. 200 monks once lived in the monastery but now...More
Visited the monastery today. First you have to be very careful of the paths they are made out of big stones. Parts are rundown. The parts that you can go into are very nice and the artifacts are very old.
Like other reviewers I arrived by cruise ship but we were allowed plenty of time to be guided around and to explore on our own. We could even return to the dock on any of the regular shuttle buses they had organised.
The Kirillo-Belozerki Monastery...More
We visited this attraction on a Sunday as an excursion with Scenic river cruises which docked their ship in Goritsky, about a 10 minute drive from the Kirillo Belozersky Monastery. Our local guide, a young lady who spoke understandable English, led our tour group through...More
Date of experience: June 2017
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AlxSun2014, Управляющий at Kirillo-Belozerki State Historical Architectural Art Museum-Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2017
Thank you very much for your detailed and, more importantly, insightful feedback. We are happy that you found our site such an enthralling place to visit.
We are also extremely sorry about the negative aspect of your experience, i.e. the shortage of time...More
Take as much time as you can visiting this place it is huge.It is surrounded by large fortified walls and towers - some are in poor shape. Don't miss the museum there are some beautiful works of art in the museum.
The complex, originally 2 monasteries and 11 churches, has been run down since the 1917 Revolution. The only breathtaking part was the Museum where they have the Icons looted from the church (which wants them back but the museum is reluctant!!). They date from circa...More
This is a full day to explore the old Monastery originally established by St Cyril. Our guide gave us the history of the expansive grounds, pointing out the churches, the lake and all the legends to go with them
The museum of the icons is...More
We were in Kuzino visiting the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, the surrounding area and a school. These small Golden Ring towns are fascinating to us. The monastery was curiously interesting and is under restoration. There is history and majesty in this place with its cobblestone walkways and...More
After some further research I have the following to add to the above inquiry. There was a Great Synod of Moscow in 1667 where a theological debate occurred regarding the Trinity. I assume this is the time when the icon at... More
After some further research I have the following to add to the above inquiry. There was a Great Synod of Moscow in 1667 where a theological debate occurred regarding the Trinity. I assume this is the time when the icon at the monastery was hidden as certain depictions of God the Father were prohibited and presumably as depicted in the hidden icon the depiction violated the new theology. The details are somewhat confusing but apparently if God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Ghost are to be depicted together they have to be on the same level (implying they are one and not separate persons). Apparently having God the Father depicted as a person up in the clouds above Christ and the dove was cause after 1667 for this icon to be purged and destroyed.
If anyone locates or gets to take a photo of the subject icon that was rescued from destruction a link would be most welcome.