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, 🎅 Winter Trips. 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

The hermitage is located on the "Road of Death", along which soldiers during the Great Patriotic War went to the crossing, and was founded in memory of the fallen. The main church of the hermitage is the Church of St. Zosima and Savvaty of Solovki. Near it stands the Church of St. Eugene, built in the best traditions of northern wooden architecture. [Official site](

Красная Площадь

You thought Red Square was only in Moscow? No, Shlisselburg has one too. It is the heart of the city. The architectural ensemble of the square: Annunciation Cathedral of the first half of the XVIII century, which is now under reconstruction, the 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 Staroladozhsky channel, there is a small square. Interesting fact, the Red Square of Shlisselburg can be seen in the film "The Fourth Planet" by D. H. Astrakhan.

Петровская трапеза

Have lunch in a cozy restaurant, which offers Russian and Caucasian cuisine. The interior is pleasant, also a kind of wooden architecture, but more modern, smelling of wood and grilled delicacies. [Official VK group](

Храм Николая Чудотворца

Kobona is an old 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 at the beginning of the XIX century it was badly damaged by a fire. However, in 1821 it was restored, but already in stone. In the church the srebropozladen cross are of interest, the offering of Earls Musin-Pushkin, and the remains of pewter sacred vessels, found in the 30s by a peasant woman in the well, among the fields. On the site of the find a wooden chapel was built by priest Alekseyev.

Церковь Рождества Иоанна Предтечи

The first mention of the cathedral dates back to 1276, at that time it was still wooden, in the XVII century the cathedral acquired the look that we can observe now. With one exception: at the end of the XX century it underwent restoration. The now existing church was put up with a deep artistic understanding of the unity of architecture and nature. The temple is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00.

Никольский Мужской Монастырь

The monastery is situated in a very picturesque place on the bank of the Volkhov river near Rurik fortress of Old Ladoga. The monastery was built around already existing by that time Nikolskiy Cathedral (the building 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 temple of St. John Chrysostom, arranged on the principle of the ancient basilica. The temple was built by the architect Alexei Maksimovich Gornostayev in 1860-1873. On the vaults, walls and arches of the temple are preserved paintings: scenes from the life of St. John Chrysostom, evangelic scenes in the style of academic realism, ornaments in Byzantine style. The monastery is open daily from 08:00 to 18:00.

Древняя Ладога

Simple Russian cuisine at low prices, fortify yourself before the road to the hotel!

Gazpromneft filling station #111

It's been a long trip, isn't it time to fill up? Stop by Gazpromneft filling station to refill your tank, install the mobile app and pay for fuel without leaving your car. [App Store]( [Google Play](

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

A very cozy tourist village that deserves your attention. You can just walk around and admire the architecture, you can visit some interesting museums, which we will do. More information can be found at [website]( It is necessary to arrange your visit, you will find all the contacts [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

For lunch, check out the local restaurant. Its main feature is making dishes only from rustic products: from homemade quail to wild cloudberries.

Юксовичи, Церковь св. Великомученника Георгия Победоносца

An amazingly beautiful place that is a must-see. See the 15th century church and just take a walk in the surroundings, go down to Yuksovský lake. The first who explored the church in 1877 was Lev Vladimirovich Dahl, who noticed an inscription in the church, which was later lost, and which read the date of its construction: 1493. The church is one of the oldest preserved wooden buildings in Europe and the oldest of the wooden churches of Russia.


And now it's time for dinner! A very cosy place: painted walls, there's a playroom for the kids. You can book a table in advance by calling +7 (911) 002-50-50. Working hours: Daily from 10:00 to 21:00.

Day 3: Along Lake Ladoga on the road 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 monastery in the Leningrad Region, famous for its architectural monuments of the 16th and 17th centuries. The monastery was founded at the end of the XV century by the Venerable Alexander Svirsky. The oldest building of the monastery is the stone Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, built in 1533. The church with a refectory and a belfry is made in the Novgorod style. Stone Transfiguration Cathedral with the altar of Venerable Alexander Svirsky built in 1644. The stone cathedral of the Life-Giving Trinity was built in 1791. The monastery is open to visitors every day: 6:00 to 20:00; You can apply for a tour by phone +7 (911) 152-56-68.

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 temple with a warm side-altar in honour of the Tikhvin icon of the Mother of God. It was built in 1817. In 1910 instead of the wooden temple that stood over the graves of Alexander Svirsky parents according to the project of diocesan architect A.P.Aplaksin a cathedral of the Epiphany with three side-altars was constructed in Neo-Russian style, but it didn't survived until now.

Кировский пляж

On the way to St. Petersburg, you can stop in Kirovsk and take a short walk along the banks of the Neva.


And the final point of the trip will be a cozy cafe with an interesting design decoration. European and Pan-Asian cuisine is served here. You can reserve a table by calling +7 (812) 339-29-33.