Vyazhishchsky Monastery

Novgorodskaya oblast, Russia

The Nikolo-Vyazhishchskii Stavropegial Women's Monastery was founded in by the monks Efrosiny, Ignaty, and Galaktion and the hieromonk Pimen at the end of the 14th century (a charter from 1391 mentions it), with Pimen becoming the first hegumen of the monastery. It was first mentioned in the chronicle under the year 1411. The monastery was patronized by Archbishop Evfimy II (r. 1429-1458), who was hegumen of the monastery before his election as archbishop of Novgorod in 1429, and was buried there (he is known as St. Evfimy of Vyazhishche). His sarcophagus is now in the Church of St. Evfimy of Vyazhishche, built in 1685. The monastery was one of the greatest landowners in the Novgorodian land, holding in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, some 2,000 hectares of land. Much of its lands were confiscated during secularization under Catherine II (r.1762-1796) at which time it was classified a 2nd Class Monastery.

Following confiscation by the Soviets, the monastery was closed in 1920. It became part of a collective farm and the buildings were used to store yams, as well as a threshing floor, a forge, and a metalshop. From the 1950s, there were efforts to restore the monastery and it was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1989. On March 31, 1990, then Metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod Alexius (later the Patriarch of Moscow) reconsecrated the main church to St. Evfimy.

The convent has the status of a stauropegic monastery (as of a grant from the Holy Synod of 7 October 1995), that is, it is under the direct control of the Patriarch of Moscow rather than of the Archbishop of Novgorod. The current hegumenia is Antonia (Korneeva). There are at present some 15 nuns living at the monastery. Of four churches in the Monastery (St. Evfimy, St. Nicholas, St. John the Divine, and The Church of the Ascension), only one is now a working church, that of St. Evfimy. The rest are still being restored.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Russia

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Елена Чернова (16 months ago)
Летом улыбнулась удача, посетили бесценный памятник культуры Новгородской земли. Никола- Вяжищский действующий женский монастырь .Основан в 14 веке.
Robert Leichsenring (2 years ago)
Ein Besuch des Klosters lohnt sich auf jeden Fall. Beeindruckend ist vor allem die Keramiken an der Außenfassade. So etwas gibt es sehr selten zu sehen.
Елена Соколова (2 years ago)
Это какое-то сказочное место. Ничего похожего в жизни не встречала. Очень красивая отделка зданий, тишина и благодать. Огорчает только отсутствие указателей проезда до монастыря, что вполне компенсируется полученными впечатлениями от пребывания в нём. Приезжайте сюда обязательно, если будете в Великом Новгороде!!!!
Андрей Абрамов (2 years ago)
Монастырь был основан в конце XIV века тремя благочестивыми иноками Евфросином, Игнатием и Галактионом. В 1411 году на месте явления чудотворного образа святого Николая был построен храм в его честь. В 1438 году деревянную Никольскую церковь заменили на каменную, а в 1457 году была построена каменная церковь во имя Иоанна Богослова с теплой трапезной. До наших дней сохранились постройки конца XVII века: Никольский собор (1681—1683), трапезная святого апостола и евангелиста Иоанна Богослова и Вознесения Господня (1694—1698), галерея, соединяющая их и имеющая два парадных крыльца. В начале XVIII века в северной части монастыря были построены два каменных корпуса: двухэтажный с кельями для братии и одноэтажный хозяйственный корпус. Первоначально монастырский ансамбль окружала деревянная ограда. В начале XIX века её заменила каменная.
Елена Фролова (2 years ago)
Печально, когда места в которые приезжаешь, закрыты. Понятное дело, что монастырь и у них свои законы. Но тот же Юрьев или Хутынский нормально смотрят и на паломников, и на туристов. Приехали в 11 вошли, обошли территорию и вышли. Не было никого вообще, церкви закрыты. Только ласточки и бабочки. Архитектура впечатляет. Что могу сказать - фотосессии свадеб на территории запрещены. А зря, если люди связали свою судьбу и создали семью стоит ли им отказывать? Интерьеры для свадебной сьемки отличные, а собранные средства пошли бы на восстановление храмов. Но лучше конечно взаперти на засов
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