Fodor's Expert Review Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

Kuzino Religious Building/Site/Shrine

On the banks of Lake Siverskoye, this is an enormous monastic complex with a history that dates back to the late 14th century. Spread over 12 hectares, the fortified complex comprises a series of structures, including 11 stone churches, some dating back as far as the 15th century. In 1924, the Bolsheviks transformed the monastery into a museum, and there’s a large permanent collection of paintings, artifacts, icons, and illuminated manuscripts along with a regular rotation of temporary exhibits, most of which focus on the region’s religious history and folk traditions.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Archaeological Site/Ruins

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Kirillov, Vologda  161100, Russia

817-573–173

www.kirmuseum.ru/en

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