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Troicko- Nikolsky Monastery (Троицко-Никольский монастырь) (Gorokhovets)

Troicko- Nikolsky Monastery (Троицко-Никольский монастырь) (Gorokhovets)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Troicko- Nikolsky Monastery or Trinity Monastery of Saint Nicholas

Troicko- Nikolsky Monastery or Trinity Monastery of Saint Nicholas is a Russian Orthodox religious complex. Its history starts in the 11th century when a wooden defensive fortress was first constructed on this location. The castle was reconstructed several times, but after it lost its military use it was converted into a monastery in 1681. Money to erect new spiritual center of Gorokhovets were donated by S.N. Ershov. The main monastery cathedral was completed in 1689. It is unusual in a sense that it is located on two floors. Bottom first floor contains warm church that was commonly used in winter. The second floor is held by a summer church dedicated to Holy Trinity. The structure is covered by five domes that represent Jesus Christ dome in the center and four domes that represent four authors of four gospels on all four sides.
 
In 1710 in the Northern part of the Trinity Monastery of Saint Nicholas monks constructed another two story church dedicated to Saint John of the Ladder. It was completed six years later in 1716. The first story was reserved as a warehouse while the second floor was added as a church. The main gate of the Monastery is located on the eastern side of the wall. A small church was added in the 17th century over the main entrance. It was dedicated to Holy Virgin Protection. The church has a small dome and rather a modest facade decorations. Just inside the monastery a residential area for the monks that dates back to the 17th century as well.
 
During reign of the atheist Soviet regime government attempted to suppress religious in Gorokhovets and all of Russia. They closed Saint Nicholas Monastery in 1920, while the interior of the churches were looted and desecrated. The buildings in the abbey were used as a local movie theatre, warehouse and other purposes. After the atheist government went kaput Monastery was returned to Vladimir- Suzdal diocese and in 1993 first monks settled in former living cells. Today Trinity Monastery of Saint Nicholas is open to the public. Thousands of Orthodox pilgrims come here annually to pray to relics of Saint Nicholas, one of the most beloved saints in the country even though he himself was Greek.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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