Luzhetsky Monastery

Mozhaysk, Russia

Luzhetsky Monastery is a medieval fortified monastery in Mozhaysk founded in 1408 by Therapont of Belozersk. Therapont founded Ferapontov Monastery in 1398, located in the Principality of Beloozero, which at the time was administered jointly with the Principality of Mozhaysk. The prince, Andrey of Mozhaysk, resided in Mozhaysk, and was a brother of Vasily, the Grand Prince of Moscow. He was also one of the main sponsors of the monastery. In 1408, he sent a letter to Therapont urging him to come to Mozhaysk, and Therapont was obliged to obey. Even though Therapont, after arriving to Mozhaysk, expressed very clearly his wish to return to White Lake, the prince never let him go. They made a deal, and Therapont founded Luzhetsky Monastery in Mozhaysk. He died in the monastery in 1426. He is venered as a saint by Russian Orthodox Church.

The original cathedral was demolished in the first half of the 16th century, and a five-dome stone cathedral was built in 1524-1547, which still stands today. Mozhaysk, together with the monastery, was transferred to the Grand Duchy of Moscow in the middle of the 16th century. The history of the monastery in the 15th century is somewhat unclear; it is known that in 1523 the hegumen of Luzhetsky Monastery was Makary, who later became the Metropolitan of Moscow.

The monastery was considerably damaged during the Time of Troubles in the 1610s, when it was plundered. Most of the current architecture of the monastery, including the bell-tower, the Transfiguration Church, and the cells, were built in the 17th century. In 1812, during the Napoleonic Wars, Luzhetsky monastery was briefly occupied and plundered by the advancing French army. In 1929, it was closed by the Soviets and reopened in 1994.



Your name

Website (optional)


Founded: 1408
Category: Religious sites in Russia

More Information


4.7/5 (based on Google user reviews)

Interesting Sites Nearby

User Reviews

Olga Ponomareva (3 months ago)
Совсем не помпезно...Просто...Но Супер Душевно...Очень Мощное Впечатление!!! А Святой Ферапонт теперь Один из Самых Любимых Святых! Очень Светлый!!!
Мария Бобкова (3 months ago)
Небольшая по времени экскурсия, в монастыре живут два монаха, не смотря на это территория очень ухожена, везде порядок. В храме хорошо, тихо, душе спокойно.
Светланка Тихомирова (6 months ago)
Очень нрваится это место. Тихо, уютно. Храм старый, намоленый. Внутри тепло и очень красиво.
Елена Соколова (6 months ago)
Небольшой старинный монастырь, основанный прп. Ферапонтом и князем Андреем Можайским в 1408 году. В обители несколько храмов. Из святынь -мощи прп. Ферапонта и икона "Достойно есть". А также образ "Можайским святые" в иконостасе. Монастырь ремонтируется, но территория чистая, ухоженная. Примерно от монастыря, в д.Исавцы находится святой источник с купелью.
Андрей Ясеновский (6 months ago)
Единственный из восемнадцати монастырей Можайска который сохранился до наших дней. Из далека смотрится очень красиво. Новые купола блестят на солнце золотом. Но при ближайшем рассмотрении видны облезлые стены, явно требующие реставрации
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Naveta d'Es Tudons

The Naveta d"Es Tudons is the most remarkable megalithic chamber tomb in the Balearic island of Menorca. 

In Menorca and Majorca there are several dozen habitational and funerary naveta complexes, some of which similarly comprise two storeys. Navetas are chronologically pre-Talaiotic constructions.

The Naveta d"Es Tudons served as collective ossuary between 1200 and 750 BC. The lower chamber was for stashing the disarticulated bones of the dead after the flesh had been removed while the upper chamber was probably used for the drying of recently placed corpses. Radiocarbon dating of the bones found in the different funerary navetas in Menorca indicate a usage period between about 1130-820 BC, but the navetas like the Naveta d"Es Tudons are probably older.

The shape of the Naveta d"Es Tudons is that of a boat upside down, with the stern as its trapezoidal façade and the bow as its rounded apse. Its groundplan is an elongated semicircle. Externally, the edifice is 14.5 m long by 6.5 m wide and 4.55 m high but it would originally have been 6 m high.

The front, side walls and apse of the edifice consist of successive horizontal corbelled courses of huge rectangular or square limestone blocks dressed with a hammer and fitted together without mortar, with an all-round foundation course of blocks of even greater size laid on edge.