Peryn Chapel or the Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos on Peryn is one of the oldest churches of the region, dating from the 1220s. The church is a part of the complex of the Peryn Skete, a former monastery abolished in the 18th century, and is the only acting church in the monastery. It is built of plinthite and of stone and has a foundation in the shape of a square. The church is built on four pillars and has one dome. It is notable for its small size, in particular, it only measures 8 metres in length and width.

Presumably, the church is built on the site previously concecrated to the pagan god Perun, hence the name. The first church on the site was built in 991. Later, it became a part of a monastery. The current church was built in the 1220s. It was fully restored after World War II and returned to Russian Orthodox Church in the 1990s.

The Peryn Chapel is on the World Heritage list as a part Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings.



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Founded: 1220s
Category: Religious sites in Russia

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Наталья (5 months ago)
We came in January, but the beauty is felt even at this time of year. At the entrance, friendly monks cleaned the paths and wished each other health. We drank Epiphany water and walked along the path. The people are very friendly! We were received very warmly! Not a big church. Everything is well maintained.
Татьяна Смирнова (2 years ago)
Great atmosphere in the area. Nature is mesmerizing! Visited with a tour on January 22.
Анна Павлова (2 years ago)
Very beautiful place on the river bank. A cozy little church, autumn, a hospitable caretaker who will tell you everything and give you a tour...
КОЛЯНЫЧ (2 years ago)
It’s beautiful here and you can enter the church upon request from a novice
Галина Захарова (3 years ago)
A great place for solitude with nature. My son loves this place very much, you can feed the birds - there are feeders on the territory, always clean. The only negative is parking)
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