The Volotovo Church was built in 1352 by Moisey, the archbishop of Novgorod. The church survived the Time of Troubles, when many Novgorod churches were destroyed or damaged by the Swedes. During the World War II, the church was basically at the front line between the Soviet and the German armies for three years and was destroyed. In 1955, Leonid Krasnorechyev performed conservation of the monument. The church was standing as a ruin but was not decaying further. The frescoes were destroyed as well, but the debris were still on the site, and the restorators started work on recovering fresco fragments from the debris. In 2003, the building was reconstructed, The author of the reconstruction project was Ninel Kuzmina.

The chronicles mention that in 1363 a part of the church was painted, but presumably the frescoes in rest of the interior were created later, around 1380. The whole interior of the church was covered by frescoes, which was common for that time, but almost all fully painted churches were eventually destroyed or lost the original frescoes, and so far the only intact church with the fully painted interior is preserved in the Ferapontov Monastery. The Volotovo frescoes were extensively studied, and black and white photographs of every detail, as well as coloured copies, survived and considerably simplified the restoration. In 1977, the frescoes became the subject of a book of Mikhail Alpatov.

The name of the painter is not known. For a long time, the frescoes were ascribed to Theophanes the Greek, however, it was decided later that the 1380 frescoes did not belong to Theophanes and were essentially more dynamic that all the works of Theophanes. At the time of creation, this was a novel style in Russian art.

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Founded: 1352
Category: Religious sites in Russia

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Артур Павловский (2 years ago)
Очень красивая старинная церковь. Удалось посмотреть её внутри. Жалко, что она недействующая...
Katherin Yanovskaya (2 years ago)
очень уютное место с интересной историей. церковь была разрушена в годы ВОВ. по стене идет канавка, показывающая уровень разрушения стен. уникальные фрески 13 века Волотовской церкви в настоящий момент рнставрируются в мастерской новгородского музея-заповедника
Вероника Дерковская (2 years ago)
Дух старины
Марина Скворцова (3 years ago)
Церковь впечатляет.Нам повезло,было открыто и смотритель рассказала о колоссальной работе рестовраторов.
Иван Шульгин (4 years ago)
Церковь с уникальными фресками XIV века. Мало у нас таких древностей сохранилось... Попадание внутрь нетривиально — нужно спрашивать местных.
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