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Boris and Gleb Monastery

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Description of the Boris and Gleb Monastery

Boris and Gleb Monastery is one of the most famous of religious site in Dmitrov. It is unclear when exactly it was found. Archeological digs that were carried out here discovered a cross with a date 1472 engraved on it, so this became an official foundation date of the monastery. This Russian Orthodox Convent was dedicated to two Russian medieval princes Boris and Gleb who were killed by their brother. Their equestrian statue is seen near the entrance to the convent. The main church on the grounds of the abbey is a Cathedral of Boris and Gleb that dates back to the 16th century. In 1656 a small Alexis chapel was added to the main church. It held tombs of the Dmitrov noble family of Chaplins. The main gate also known as the Holy Gate with the Gate Church of Saint Nicholas were both constructed in the 17th century.

Boris and Gleb Monastery  Boris and Gleb Monastery

The monastery was closed shortly after Russian October Revolution of 1917 and monks were expelled from its grounds. The buildings were transferred to local historical museum. However in 1932 museum was moved and Boris and Gleb Monastery was turned into a concentration camp for grandiose construction of Moscow Water Channel. Dmitlag as it was known or Dmitrov Lager ("camp" in Russian) was supposed to hold prisoners who were forced to dig artificial water channels. Majority of them were imprisoned for political offenses like critiquing the government, holding different political opinions or simply holding religious beliefs. Most of the convicts who lived within walls of the convent died working on the canal. In 1993 Boris and Gleb Monastery was returned to Russian Orthodox Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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