Annunciation Monastery was found in the mid- 16th
century by orders of Moscow tsar Ivan the Terrible on a site of the
original Annunciation Church which contained relics of holy princes
of Murom Konstantine, Michael, Fyodor and his sons. According to local legends during Christianization of
the region Murom tribes refused to accept new religion. Prince
Constantine was send to the region to spread Christianity. Murom in
retaliation killed his son Michael and attacked palace of the
prince. Constantine didn't have a significant army except a personal
guard so he took the image of Our Lady of Murom and encountered
armed men. Historic record state that Murom tribes were impressed by
courage of Prince and found his words quiet convincing, so many took
baptism immediately thereafter from a bishop of Murom Basil Muromsky.
In 1547 Russian church council canonized royal rulers. After
successful military campaign of Ivan the Terrible against Tatars of
Kazan Russian tsar ordered construction of a new monastery.
Old Annunciation church was dismantled and in its
place new stone Cathedral of the Annunciation was built.