Ancient temples and monasteries of the Leningrad region – Road.Travel

Ancient temples and monasteries of the Leningrad region

Road Trip Route. Church of St. Righteous John of Kronstadt, St. George's Church of the 15th century, The famous village of Upper Mandrogi., Sketch of St. Andrew the First Called, Nikolsky Men's Monastery, .

I suggest you go on a trip to the Leningrad region and admire the architectural diversity of this area. We will get acquainted with the masterpieces of wooden architecture and see one of the oldest preserved buildings in Russia.

History and Culture, Arts and Creativity. From: Saint Petersburg

Anastasia Baklanova. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: St. Petersburg - Shlisselburg - Old Ladoga

We will see the most beautiful wooden churches in the Leningrad region. We will visit the Red Square. No, not in Moscow. And visit the place where, according to legend, Prince Oleg died of his horse.

Храм Святого Праведного Иоанна Кронштадтского

The Koltush Parish of St. Righteous John of Kronstadt is an heir to the ancient Peter and Paul Parish. The decision to build a wooden church here was made in 1733. Two years later the church was consecrated in the name of the Apostles Peter and Paul. In the early XIX century it was allowed to build a new stone church. Stone Peter and Paul Church in Koltushi was built in the style of late classicism.

Скит Святого Апостола Андрея Первозванного

Skeet is located on the "Road of Death", on which soldiers went to the crossing during the Great Patriotic War and founded in memory of the fallen. The main church of the Skete is the temple of Saints Zosima and Savvatiy Solovetsky. Near it stands the church of St. Eugene, built in the best traditions of northern wooden architecture.

Красная Площадь

You thought Red Square was only in Moscow? No, there is one in Shlisselburg too. It is the heart of the city. Architectural ensemble of the square: Annunciation Cathedral of the first half of the XVIII century, which is now under reconstruction, Kazan Chapel of the XIX century and St. Nicholas Church of the XIX century. In the other part of the square, on the opposite side of the Old Artistic Canal, there is a small square. An interesting fact, the Red Square in Shlisselburg can be seen in the film "The Fourth Planet" by D. H. Astrakhan.

Петровская трапеза

Lunch is offered in a cozy cafe, where Russian and Caucasian cuisine is presented. Pleasant interior, also a kind of wooden architecture, but more modern, smells of wood and grilled delicacies.

Храм Николая Чудотворца

Kobona, an ancient fishing village on the shore of Lake Ladoga. The first wooden five-domed St. Nicholas Church appeared in Kobon in the middle of the XVIII century, but in the beginning of the XIX century it was badly damaged by fire. However, in 1821 it was restored, but already in stone. In the church are interesting naprestolnyy srebroplashennyy cross, the bringing of counts Musinykh Pushkin, and the remnants of tin sacred vessels found in the 30's, a peasant in a well, in the field. At the place of the find there is a wooden chapel built by priest Alexeyev.

Никольский Мужской Монастырь

The monastery is located in a very picturesque place on the bank of the Volkhov River near the Old Ladoga Rurik Fortress. The monastery was built around the then existing St. Nicholas Cathedral (structure of XII century). The first documentary evidence of the monastery dates back to the end of the XV century. The main structure of the architectural ensemble is the Church of St. John Chrysostom, built on the principle of an ancient basilica. The temple was designed by the architect Alexei Maximovich Gornostaev in 1860-1873. Paintings have been preserved on the vaults, walls and arches of the temple: scenes from the life of St. John Chrysostom, gospel stories in the style of academic realism, ornaments of the Byzantine style.

Церковь Рождества Иоанна Предтечи

The first mention of the cathedral dates back to 1276, then it was wooden, in the XVII century the cathedral acquired the appearance that we can now observe. With one exception, it was restored at the end of the 20th century. The current church is built with a deep artistic understanding of the unity of architecture and nature. From afar it seems that the snow-white temple is floating in the air between the strip of green flames and the blue sky.

Курганы Вещего Олега

Apart from architecture, there are many other curious places around Old Ladoga. Here on the bank of the Volkhov River there is a group of mounds, the largest of which is called Oleg's Grave. The legend about Prince Oleg and his horse, from which he died, is connected with this place.

Ладожское Подворье

An exciting day, it's time to have some refreshment and go to the hotel. For dinner - one of the best places in Old Ladoga.

Gazpromneft filling station #111

Isn't it time to stop on vacation? You can warm up, fill up and buy goods on the way at Gazpromneft's filling stations.

Day 2: Upper Mandrogs

Have you ever been to a village that is made exclusively for tourists? Today we will visit such a tourist village and get acquainted with local entertainment. And then we will get to St. George's Church, which was built in XV century and is considered one of the oldest in Europe.


We'll have breakfast in this very atmospheric place. The interior has rustic crafts in all its glory!

Верхние Мандроги

Very cozy tourist village, which deserves your attention. All buildings are made in the style of national Russian village. You can just walk around and admire the architecture, you can visit some interesting museums, which we will do with you. More detailed information can be found at [site]( Your arrival must be agreed upon, all contacts can be found [here](

Ремесленная Слобода

In a craft sloboda you can get acquainted with various folk crafts: painting and woodcarving, weaving and pottery, lacework. Blacksmiths, potters, weavers and wood carvers will gladly give master classes for all comers.

Ресторан Мандроги

I invite you to a local restaurant for lunch. Its main feature is making dishes only from rustic products - from quail to cloudberry.

Юксовичи, Церковь св. Великомученника Георгия Победоносца

An amazingly beautiful place to visit. To see the XV century church and just walk around, go down to Lake Yukos. The first church studied in 1877 by Lev Vladimirovich Dahl, he noticed an inscription in the church, later lost, which indicated the date of construction: 1493. The church is one of the oldest surviving wooden buildings in Europe and the oldest wooden church in Russia.


And now it's time for dinner! Very cozy place: painted walls, there is a game room for kids.

Day 3: On the way to St. Petersburg

Today we will visit two most curious monasteries: Holy Trinity Alexander Svirsky Monastery and Vvedeno-Oyatsky Nunnery. And we will finish our journey in a cozy restaurant "Nektarin".


We'll have breakfast and go to one more interesting attraction.

Свято-Троицкий Александра Свирского мужской монастырь

The Orthodox male monastery in the Leningrad region, known for architectural monuments of the 16th and 17th centuries. The monastery was founded in the late 15th century by St. Alexander Svirsky. The oldest structure of the monastery is the stone Church of the Protection of the Mother of God, built in 1533. The church with refectory and belfry is made in Novgorod style. The stone Transfiguration Cathedral with the limit of St. Alexander Svirsky was built in 1644. The stone cathedral of the Life-Giving Trinity was built in 1791.

Рощинское Озеро

The monastery is located in a very picturesque place, I suggest to take a walk in the surroundings and go down to the lake.

Введено-Оятский женский монастырь

Until the XIX century the monastery was completely wooden. The first stone building on the territory of the monastery was the Vvedensky church with a warm chapel in honor of the Tikhvin icon of the Mother of God. It was built in 1817. In 1910, instead of a wooden church standing over the graves of Alexander Svirsky's parents, the diocesan architect A. P. Aplaksin designed the Cathedral of the Epiphany of the Lord with three aisles was built in neo-Russian style, but it has not survived to this day.

Кировский пляж

On the way to St. Petersburg, you can stop in Kirovsk and take a little walk along the Neva bank.


Travel will be completed in a cozy cafe with an interesting design solution. Here you will find European and Pan-Asian cuisine.