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Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior on Nereditsa Hill, 1198
Address:
village of Spas-Nereditsy, Novgorod disrict, Novgorod region

Telephone:
+7 (816 2) 77 37 38

WWW:
http://novgorodmuseum.ru

Working hours:
Летом: 11:00 – 16:00
Октябрь - Апрель:
11:00 – 14:00
Выходные – Чт, Пт
При выпадении осадков (в дождливую и снежную погоду) памятник закрыт для посещений.

Summer: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
October — April:
11 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Closed: Thu., Fri. and in wet weather

Entrance Fee:
100 руб. – взрослый
50 руб. – студенты ВУЗов и учащиеся
дети до 16 лет — бесплатно

180 roubles (adults)
110 roubles (students)
children under 16 - free

GPS:
58.49714900, 31.31149100

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You can get the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior from the central railway and bus station on bus №186 to the village of Spas-Nereditsy.

Bus schedule is here

From January 14, 2017 to February 1, 2017 the church is closed.

Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior is situated 3 km to south of Novgorod near the Gorodische. It was built in 1198 by Novgorodian Prince Yaroslav Vladimirovich near Prince's residence and was dedicated to his sons' memory.

The year after the church had been built it was decorated with frescoes. According to Yanin's hypothesis, the author of the murals could be well-known in Novgorod Olisey Grechin. At the same the cloister was founded where Novgorodian Prince Afanasiy Danilovich, a grandson of Alexander Nevsky, took monastic vows in 1322, before his death, and was buried.

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The church was rebuilt several timesIn 1903 – 1904 the restoration work (the first truly scientific restoration in Russia) was held during which Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior on Nereditsa Hill got its original appearance back. Temple's frescoes are one of the most famous monuments of mural not only of Russian but also European art. Nereditsa's murals maintained its perfect condition up to the 20th century and has been actively studied and described until 1930s. Just some parts had losses.

Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior was ruined during World War II. About 50 percent of laying and 15 percent of painting (before the war about 90 percent was left) remained whole. Restoration works began in 1944. The Church has been restored in 1956 – 1958. Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior on Nereditsa Hill is on World Heritage list since 1992 as the most valuable historical and cultural monument.

Before World War II it was a fully preserved ensemble of Russian mural painting of the late 12th century. Now the church is restored after being seriously damaged during World War II; the restoration of the frescoes is still being carried out. The expressive fragments of "The Day of Judgment", the images of the saints and martyrs in sacristy give the possibility to understand and feel its uniqueness.

Bus 186 goes to Nereditsa Hill 3 times a day from the Central Bus Station.

Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily, except Thursdays and Fridays (October 1– March 31); 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (April 1 – September 30). Location: village of Spas-Nereditsy.

 
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… On small hill beyond the Spasovka River to the east of Rurik’s hill fort, in one of the most picturesque surroundings of Veliky Novgorod, a small church, known by name of Church of the Savior-on-Nereditsa, is situated. It is the only extant building of the former Nereditsky cloister. On a clear day, the silhouette of the church on the hill is well seen in the city. One can see a remarkable view of water-meadows, wide line of the Volkhov River, lake Ilmen from the hill. The whole Novgorod is clearly seen from there.

The history of the church goes back to the summer of 1198, when it was erected by Prince Yaroslav Vladimirovich (son of Vladimir) after the death of all his children. If the first prince's building – Cathedral of St. Sophia – was the biggest, the last – Church of the Savior-on-Nereditsa – the smallest. Reducing the role of princes as lords of the city reflected on building. The last prince's building had the same appearance as modest boyar, merchant temples, local churches of the end of the 12th c. This is a small church which is built as a cube and has one dome. The interior is very simple. Church of the Savior-on-Nereditsa was painted with frescoes in 1199 and gave the most precise idea about system of mural of Russian temples at that time.

The monument was ruined during World War II. Measures, made in preceding years, allowed restoring it but once tremendous ensemble of frescoes was lost forever. Only the expressive fragments of "The Day of Judgment", the images of the saints and martyrs in sacristy, a few figures in the lower part of the altar, give the possibility to understand and feel its uniqueness.

The monument's researchers not once drew attention to combining traditional antiquity and new elements as in choosing plots (images of Russian saints Boris and Gleb) and in artistic language. These murals were usually attributed to local masters. Several years ago archeologists found a manor of the end of the 12th c. where the artist, Olisey Grechin, had lived. Some findings let suppose that this master headed a work in creating the frescoes of the temple.

 Marina Puksant

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