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Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery in Rostov the Great

The ensemble of the Monastery of St. Jacob Saviour (Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery in Russian) stands on the shore of Lake Nero on the western outskirts of Rostov Veliky (Rostov the Great) – one of the oldest towns in Russia, located 58 km south-west of Yaroslavl.

The panorama of this monastery with a picturesque combination of architectural forms of various styles – pseudo-Gothic towers, baroque and classical churches – gives the impression of a fairy tale castle perfectly fitting the lake landscape. Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Vadim Razumov.

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The monastery was founded in 1389. In 1776, stone construction was actively resumed on the territory of the monastery. The beautiful and elegant outer wall was built in the 18th century. The Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery is considered one of the most prominent provincial monuments of “church classicism.”

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Before the revolutionary events of 1917, the Monastery of St. Jacob Saviour was one of the most visited pilgrimage sites of the Russian Empire. All Russian emperors visited it.

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Today, after the revival of the monastery, here, like one hundred years ago, there are always a lot of pilgrims, and the territory of the monastery looks like a paradise garden.

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