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Peryn Skete
Veliky Novgorod

+7 (816 2) 77 45 39
+7 921 730 93 92
+7 (816 2) 77 37 70 - заказ экскурсий


Working hours:
8:00 – 20:00
8 a.m. — 8 p.m.

Entrance Fee:
вход свободный/ entrance is free

58.47315400, 31.27323200

You can get to St. George monastery from the central railway and bus station or the bus stop «Sennaya sq.» on buses №7, 7A.

Bus fare - 30 roubles. Bus schedule is here and at Red Izba

There is a small grove on a hill in a way to the south from St. George monastery. In the history of Novgorod it is known as a Peryn hill - the most ancient tract connected with a pagan god Peryn cult. About the millennium ago the Slavs who didn't know the Christian religion yet, arranged here a place for prayers and worshipped Peryn, the god of thunder and lightning.

According to the legend, after adopting Christianity the Peryn idol was thrown down into Volkhov and on a place where it stood a wooden church of the Nativity of Our Lady was built in 995.

The church of the Nativity of Our Lady is one of the smallest temples in the Novgorod region. Stone-work is dated by 30 th years of XIII century. As a result of restoration the initial trilobite, covering of church and fragments of fresco paintings in lintels of drum window opening, were revealed.

Converging a bit upwards, walls, windows, a church drum accent the effect of lightness and tendency up. Three spacious entrances lead inside. They and symmetrical under-dome columns, placed far from each other, contribute to the effect that, being small, the church makes impression of a spacious, high construction. The church of the Nativity of Our Lady on Peryn is one of few architectural monuments of XIII century in Russia . The facades of the church have been devoid of any decoration. The Peryn church with its architectural shapes as though anticipated characteristic features of the Novgorod architecture of XIII - XIV cc. Today this monument is restored and its original form is saved. There is no connection between the half moon of a top cross and Muslim symbolic, but there is a great number of Christian interpretation of it. Such a form of a cross is typical for the pre-Mongolian period and comes from "a thrived cross" or "a cross of a grapevine".

There are three brick one-storeyed buildings, constructed in XIX century as cells for monks-recluse, inhabitants of the Peryn monastery, not far from the church.

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