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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Анна Павлова (6 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 (6 months ago)
It’s beautiful here and you can enter the church upon request from a novice
Галина Захарова (7 months 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)
Владимир Суткайтис (11 months ago)
Очень красивое место, тесное связано с историей страны. Когда то тут было языческое капище, затем церковь. Стоящее сегодня церковь было возведена в 13 веке. В самом скиту особого богатства не видно, но то с какой любовью сохраняется это место, с каким восторгом рассказывает о месте женщина, которая помогает в церкви, уделяет вниманием всех кто зашёл, раздавая буклеты об истории скита и животном мире...
Игорь 963 (12 months ago)
A great place to stay. Good parking and tent site. It is cooler under the pines in the heat. You can swim, convenient entry into the Volkhov River. Near Lake Ilmen. The monastery houses a church from the pre-Mongol period. 6 km from the city.
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