St. Peter and Paul Church

Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Sinichya Gora is one of Russia's oldest churches, dating from 1192. The church is located at the Saint Peter Cemetery, on the left bank of the Volkhov River. It is on the World Heritage list as a part of Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings. The small stone church is built as a cube and has one dome. The type of a small church was developed in Novgorod in the end of the 12th century, and there are several churches of this type, in Novgorod and in Staraya Ladoga.

The church was built collectively by the inhabitants of the former Lukina Street, and was a part of the female Saints Peter and Paul Monastery. The monastery was plundered in 1611 by Sweden during the Time of Troubles and never recovered, finally being abolished in 1764. After the monastery was abolished, the church was converted into a cemetery church. It is the only surviving monastery building. It was closed for service in 1925 and fell into increasing dilapidation, though currently it is undergoing a restoration.



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Founded: 1192
Category: Religious sites in Russia

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Ксения Литвиненко (4 years ago)
Perhaps the church was once beautiful, but now its condition is depressing. All in scaffolding. Moreover, the forests themselves have already rotted and already also need reconstruction.
Андрей Щетинин (4 years ago)
We liked it very cool, a good grandfather is in a bottle near the entrance.
Аркадий Курносов (5 years ago)
The church is undergoing an incomplete restoration, dates back to the year 1185, but this cannot be said for the masonry
Александр Виноградов (5 years ago)
Fine. All liked it.
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