Savior Transfiguration Myrozhsky Monastery

Savior Transfiguration Myrozhsky Monastery


Savior Transfiguration Myrozhsky Monastery of city Pskov was built in the 1150s by efforts of Niphont Archbishop of Novgorod and Pskov. According to the legend Archbishop Niphont himself walked around the city with a cup and collected donations for the construction of the monastery. He commissioned first-class Greek iconographers to paint frescos on the walls of the church. He personally supervised all construction works. The original ground plan brought forth a church constructed as a Byzantine cross crowned with a massive dome on a wide drum. The church was painted from top to bottom in several tiers. Nowadays we have a unique opportunity to see frescoes of the middle of the XII century. When you enter the church you find yourself in the world of spiritual being and repeat involuntarily with Prince Vladimir’s followers: ‘… and we were brought where they worship their God. We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendour or beauty anywhere upon earth. We cannot describe it to you: only this we know, that God dwells there among humans.’


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