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Kirillo-Belozerki State Historical Architectural Art Museum-Reserve

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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
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

Stunning attraction no one should miss. Went there this summer and what a great place. Plenty to see.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed December 14, 2017

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

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed October 4, 2017 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 2, 2017

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

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 17, 2017

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

Dear Guest! 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

Reviewed July 10, 2017

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.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

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

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed June 28, 2016

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

Date of experience: May 2016
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When we visited the museum our guide pointed out a special icon that depicted the Trinity. He told us it had been hidden by the monks up in one of the towers back when the Russian Orthodox Church changed its theology with regard to the Trinity. At that time all icons depicting the Trinity as showing God the Father and Christ the Son as separate persons were to have been destroyed. The hidden icon was discovered in recent years in the tower where it was hidden. I have been searching for a photo of it to no avail. Does anyone have a recollection of the details when it was hidden? My best recollection is that it depicted Christ seated on some type of throne on the earth with a dove depicting the Holy Ghost and God the Father was seen as a personage up in the clouds above. I would welcome any details or added information anyone has or that anyone learns in the future if your travels will take you to the museum there in the Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery. If you want to take a photo of it you have to purchase the rather inexpensive ticket that lets you take pictures within the museum - something I did not appreciate until we were already through our tour. I even tried to locate a postcard or photo of the icon in the bookshop at the end of the tour but did not see one in the brief time I had there to explore.
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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