Nereditsa Saviour Church

Veliky Novgorod, Russia

The Saviour Church on Nereditsa is one of Russia's oldest Orthodox churches. It is on the World Heritage list as a part of Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings. The church was founded in 1198 by Prince Yaroslav Vsevolodovich and decorated with frescoes in 1199. The church was located outside the city of Novgorod but close to the residence of the prince, and the church was regarded by the prince as the place for his future tomb. In 1903-1904 it was measured and extensively restored by Pyotr Pokryshkin.

The small stone church is built as a cube and has one dome. It is based on four pillars and has three apses at the eastern side. 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 frescoes were created by eight to ten artists. They covered all the interior of the church, including the pillars, the walls, the ceiling, and the dome. There is no apparent system in creating the frescoes. Possible, the painters did nbot know each other and had different styles. In particular, normally a fresco of Christ the Saviour should be painted in the dome. However, for the Saviour Church on Nereditsa, the dome was occupied by the Ascencion. Christ was painted in the dome in Byzantine Empire already in the 9th century, and painting other frescoes in the dome was at the time the sign that the church belongs to a highly peripheral region. The most impressive fresco in the churh was considered to be theLast Judgment, painted over the whole western wall. Only fragments of this fresco survived. In 1246, a fresco portrayed Prince Yaroslav Vsevolodovich was painted in the southern wall.

During World War II the church was located on the front line between 1941 and 1943 and was destroyed. It was subsequently restored, however, most of the frescoes were lost and are currently known because the pre-war photos exist.

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Founded: 1198
Category: Religious sites in Russia

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Элеонора Моисеева (3 years ago)
In the lower part of the temple, beautiful ancient paintings have been occasionally preserved.
Надежда Копылова (3 years ago)
Seeing for the sake of touching history is good. Entrance ticket 170 per person is cool, the more you spend there min 5
Mikhail D. (3 years ago)
One of the most recognizable temples of the ancient Novgorod land. It was badly damaged during the war, but by the efforts of the restorers it was actually recreated anew. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only now it is difficult to drive up, especially now.
Владимир Суткайтис (4 years ago)
A very beautiful masterpiece of ancient Russian architecture with very interesting and unusual frescoes. It was built as a church for the princely family. Unfortunately, if you don't have a car, it's difficult to get there. Although it is ten kilometers away, the bus to the village of Spas Nereditsa runs three times a day, and it is expensive to take a taxi. But it is worth seeing this temple in spite of any difficulties.
ОНЛАЙН УРОКИ музыки (4 years ago)
Awesome place! Powerful energy, no people, similar in its internal state to the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl.
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