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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Татьяна Смирнова (14 months ago)
Great atmosphere in the area. Nature is mesmerizing! Visited with a tour on January 22.
Анна Павлова (14 months 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 (14 months ago)
It’s beautiful here and you can enter the church upon request from a novice
Галина Захарова (2 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)
高级豹 (2 years ago)
Perhaps for pilgrims, this place is of great importance, but as an inhabitant, it was not particularly touched. The church is very, very small. Five of us could hardly enter. Neither architecture nor interior decoration shines. The Christian cross with a crescent moon crowning the dome evokes thoughts. Nice view from the hill to the Volkhov river.
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