In its 17th century heyday it housed over 200 monks. Their rooms (called cells) were 8 sqm and their only furnishing was an icon to pray to. No bed, chair or desk, and with an outside loo. Now only 10 monks live in the monastery and museums take up some of the space. I think my attention span for icons is less than for Catholic Church decorations, so I've seen more than enough so far.
Goritsy and Kirillov May 31st 2017 Geo: 59.8685, 38.2509Goritsy is a small river village whose main feature is a 15th century convent. As is common in rural Russia, this is complemented by a monastery in the nearby town of Kirillov. The monastery was founded in 1397 and is one of the largest in Russia. These institutions (especially convents) were favourite places for the exiling of widowed or divorced nobles, where they often ... read more
Europe » Russia Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynas... ... read more