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Vysotsky Monastery (Serpukhov)

 Vysotsky Monastery

 

 

 

Location: Serpukhov

Constructed: 1374

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Vysotsky Monastery

Vysotsky Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox convent that dates back to the medieval period in the historic town of Serpukhov. It was found in 1374 by St. Sergius of Radonezh, and Prince Vladimir the Bold. In 1571 Crimean Tatars burned the monastery on their way to Moscow, but subsequently it was restored by private donations of aristocratic Naryshkin family. Following generations of the noble clan came here on their regular pilgrimages. Natalia Naryshkin, mother of the future Russian emperor Peter the Great frequented to Vysotsky Monastery. Vysotsky monastery experienced a certain decline in the XVIII century as some of the lands were confiscated by the government. But in the XIX century it flourished and grew in size and number of monks. After Russian Revolution in the 1920's Vysotsky Monastery was closed. Part of circumferential walls and Church of All Saints were destroyed.

The main church of the Vysotsky Monastery, the Conception Cathedral was built in the 16th century shortly after destruction by the Crimean Tatars. It is surrounded by arcaded gallery with a small chapel of the Nativity of the Virgin.

Near the cathedral is the former refectory with the Church of the Intercession that dates back to the 19th century.  It holds one of the most venerated icons in Orthodox Church, an icon of Our Lady of "The Inexhaustible Cup". After religion was legalized again after the end of Soviet rule hundreds of pilgrims come to Serpukhov every week.

The "new" three-storey bell tower of the monastery was built around 1840 to replace the old medieval one, which has come into disrepair and collapsed. Soon after its second tier of the temple was constructed in the name of the Three Great Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. Vysotsky Monastery belltower was consecrated in 1843 by the holy Metropolitan of Moscow Filaret (Drozdov). Trehsvyatitelsky (Three Great Hierarchs) Temple was the first temple in which daily services began in 1991 in the newly re- opened monastery.

 

 

 


 

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