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Annunciation Monastery (Благовещенский монастырь) (Nizhny Novgorod)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Annunciation Monastery

Website: www.blagomm.ru/english
Open: Open 06:00 - 18:00.
Price/Additional Info: Excursions 20 - 100Rbl.

 

Annunciation Monastery is a beautiful Russian Orthodox monastery that was constructed in the 13th century. It stands on the slope of a hill overlooking Volga river. Most of the churches in the complex aren’t quite as old, but that shouldn’t be held against them. A fine spot in town. The monastery was founded by the great Vladimir-Suzdal prince Yury Vsevolodovich and St. Simon, Bishop of Vladimir, in 1221 when laying the foundations of Nizhny Novgorod. In 1229, Prince Purgas destroyed and completely burned down the monastery, killing monks. A hundred years later, Annunciation monastery was revived, but in the winter of 1369 a collapse of snow destroyed many of the buildings, killing the inhabitants.

The revival of Annunciation monastery is associated with Metropolitan Alexy. According to the chronicles, in 1357 he visited Nizhny Novgorod on the way to the Golden Horde. According to legend, Alexy stopped to rest near the source under the mountain on the banks of the Oka River near the destroyed Annunciation monastery. The sight of the devastated monastery touched St. Alexis, and he made a vow to God: in case of a successful return from the Horde, to restore here a cloister in honor of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos. From the Horde, the Metropolitan was released “with great honor,” since he healed the spouse of the Tatar khan Janibek Taydulu from blindness, thereby saving Russia from a new devastating raid. The vow was fulfilled: in 1370

 

 

 

 


 

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