St. Cyril’s Monastery is one of the most valuable and brilliant places in Yaroslavl. The stone building from the end of the 17th century miraculously survived until our days, although more than once it has been on the verge of oblivion. Fortunately, it is part of a large number of Yaroslavl’s monuments, which have not been left behind in the course of history and so the only Orthodox monk’s monastery in the city has been successfully defended and preserved. Although the monastery is being restored, to familiarize yourself with it, you can see in the churches how regular worship is conducted, and how the monastic body is filled with novices again.
A little bit of history
Researchers have not yet found the exact date of the foundation of the monastery in St. Cyril. Most believe that the monastery appeared in the city in 1615. It almost closed down but flourished at the same time. In 1918, during the Civil War, the temple complex was severely damaged since the bombing, two churches were destroyed and a residential building burned down. In 1925 the monastery was closed.
In 2007 the St. Cyril’s Monastery was returned to the Orthodox community, but with broken windows and mountains of rubbish. Restoration work is still in progress.
What you can see?
In the courtyard of St. Cyril’s Monastery, there are some landmarks. The oldest of them is the stone church of St. Cyril, erected in 1664 adorned with his paintings by Moscow masters. This column-less church has a head and a hollow drum, this architecture is quite unusual for Yaroslavl. After a few centuries the construction of St. Cyril’s church received several chapels and galleries. Another church of the monastery is the Church of the Saviour, and the Saviour Proboinskaya. Its main treasure is the icon of the Saviour, which has just returned from the Church of the Holy Trinity in Smolensk, and the relics of St. Afanasiya Aleksandriyskogo.
The modest interior of the church is decorated in a pale blue. Almost all the walls of the building were built in the late 17th and early 18th century, which were decorated with icons.
The church has a refectory, where from 10:00-19:00, you can satisfy your hunger with delicious Russian cuisine made with local organic ingredients.
Address: Yaroslavl, Chelyuskintsev sq. 15
The entrance to the St. Cyril’s monastery is free. Services are held every day at 07:00 and on Sundays at 18:00 and holidays at 8:00 and 16:00.
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