Saint Euthymius Monastery

Suzdal, Russia

The Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius was founded in the 14th century, and grew in importance in the 16th and 17th centuries after donations by Vasili III, Ivan IV and the Pozharsky family, a noble dynasty of the region. Among the buildings erected during this period were the Assumption Church, the bell tower, the surrounding walls and towers, and the seven-domed Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour. The cathedral was built in the style of the Grand Duchy of Vladimir-Suzdal. Its interior contains restored frescoes by the school of Gury Nikitin of Kostroma, dating from 1689. The tomb of Dmitry Pozharsky lies by the cathedral wall.

The monastery also contains a prison, built in 1764, which originally housed religious dissidents. The prison continued in use during the Soviet period, and among its better known prisoners was field marshal Friedrich Paulus, who was incarcerated here for a time after his surrender at Stalingrad. The prison now houses a museum about the monastery's military history.

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Silvia Andrea Torres (3 years ago)
The most beautiful and relaxing places I've been to in Russia.
Arsentiy Kharitonov (3 years ago)
Wonderful place to visit. Bells, inside the cathedral, wonderful sites.
Wiebe van Zwol (3 years ago)
What a place to be! If you ever in your life get the chance to stay a night over here, it will most centainly be the most memorable night. The beauty of this place is uncompairable.
Sa Pr (4 years ago)
Great place, full of history that goes from the ancient beginnings of Russia and the Mongol invasion to the WW2 where the monastery served as a camp for Italian soldiers, also served as a political prison for Stalin. This is the place to come and see if you're in Suzdal.
Yaroslav Kurennoy (5 years ago)
This is must see place while you visit Suzdal. The masterpiece of architecture. Awesome. Excellent. Highly recommended.
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