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Transfiguration of the Savoir Monastery in Yaroslavl photo

Because of its powerful walls the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, laid down in 1216, was used as the Yaroslavl Kremlin and center of defense. Since that time the monastery also housed the treasury. Now it is the most interesting sight of Yaroslavl.

Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery is considered to be the oldest building in Yaroslavl. It was laid down 1216 году. The older building was only the Assumption Cathedral, which was erected in 1215, but it was blown up in 1937, and was reconstructed only in 2010.

Now the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery is a museum. There are held permanent expositions, including «The Song of Igor`s Campaign» in the Bishop`s House. As it is known, the only copy of this piece of the ancient Rus` culture is kept there.

Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral was laid down at the same time as the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, but it was severely damaged during the fire of 1501, so it was pulled down and replaced by a new cathedral built during 1506-1516 by Moscow masters. Externally, it strongly resembles the churches of the Moscow Kremlin but has its peculiar features, such as a porch with antique columns.

Near the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral the Belfry and the Church of the Pecherskaya Mother of God Icon are located. It was built in 15 century. You should ascend the Belfry to enjoy the views on the historic center of Yaroslavl. On the roof of the Belfry of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery you can see ornamental balls with needles making the photos of the monastery very recognizable.

In 1516 there was built the first stone tower of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral – the Holy Gate. By the way of this tower you could come out on the embankment of the Kotorosl`. After that in the 16 century the monastery was encircled by a stone wall. The broadest towers of the monastery, Bogorodskaya and Uglichskaya ones, overlooking the Bogoyavlenskaya (Epiphany) Square, were built between 1623 and 1623.

Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery is located in the immediate vicinity of the other sights of the city. On the high embankment of the Volga you can go to the Spit of the Volga and Kotorosl`. In 2010 the Assumption Cathedral was also restored on this place. A bit farther down the embankment of the Volga you can see the Governor House and the Church of Elijah the Prophet.

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Domes of Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral and the Church of Miracle-Makers from the bell tower
Yaroslavl. Transfiguration of Savior Cathedral, a Bell tower and Holy Gate at the Transfiguration Monastery
Former Refectory Church of the Nativity of Christ at the Transfiguration Monastery of Yaroslavl
Holy Gate of the Transfiguration Monastery giving on the Kotorosl river in Yaroslavl
Golden globes of the bell tower of the Transfiguration Monastery against the background of the Kotorosl river
Columned porch of the Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral in Yaroslavl
Under the main dome of the Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral in Yaroslavl
Chancel of the Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral in Yaroslavl
Paintings around the altar of the Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral in Yaroslavl
All walls of the Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral are decorated by the authentic frescoes of the 17 century
Around the doors of the Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral there remained the pieces of authentic paintings
Frescoes of the Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral date back to the 17 century
Gallery and the columned porch of the Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral in Yaroslavl
Bell tower of the 16 century at the Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral in Yaroslavl
Refectory Church of the Christ Nativity, Kotorosl and the old quarters of Yaroslavl as viewed from the bell tower
Fortified walls of the Transfiguration Monastery in Yaroslavl
Small tower and the golden spiked globe decorating the bell tower of the Transfiguration Monastery of Yaroslavl
Domes of the Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral in Yaroslavl
Monastic cell buildings at the Transfiguration Monastery in Yaroslasvl
Churches and bell tower of the Transfiguration Monastery in Yaroslasvl
Holy Gate of the Transfiguration Monastery in Yaroslasvl
«The Oath of Prince Pozharskiy» stela at the Transfiguration Monastery
Monastic cell building at the Transfiguration Monastery in Yaroslasvl
Bishop´s building at the Transfiguration Monastery in Yaroslasvl
Weapons and chain mails of Russian (right) Tartar (left) warriors at the `The Lay of the Host of Igor` museum at the Transfiguration Monastery
Exhibits of the `The Lay of the Host of Igor` museum at the Transfiguration Monastery
Birchbark manuscripts at the `The Lay of the Host of Igor` museum at the Transfiguration Monastery
Entrance to the Transfiguration Monastery from the Bogoyavlenskaya (Epiphany) Square in Yaroslavl 
Holy Gate of the Transfiguration Monastery giving on the Kotorosl river