The-Aleksandrovsky-Monastery-of-Suzdal

The Aleksandrovsky Monastery of Suzdal

Aleksandrovski is a monastery founded by the order of Aleksandra Nevskogo in 1240, shortly before their campaign against the Germans. Even the building at that time was not maintained, the monastery was burned by the Poles in 1608 to 1610. The main church of the Ascension was built in 1695 as Peter I, with the money of mother Natalia Naryshkin. In 1764, by order of Catherine II, the monastery was abolished and the church became a parish. The monastery was re-established in 2006 with the strength of men. To date, there are 5 novices. The monastery is not as popular as other churches in Suzdal, so it is always quiet and not crowded.

What you can see?

The Church of the Ascension, the bell tower and part of the wall that surrounds it was all that survived between the 17th and 18th centuries. The recently constructed buildings are houses made of wood with a common fence, replacing the missing part of the fence. The lower part of the wall is decorated with similar turrets. The Holy Gates are very similar to the gate near the Rizopolozhensky Monastery, which was built at the same time.

The Church of Ascension is small, cube-shaped, connecting the porch, the apse and the warm corridor. The graceful drums are made of stucco crowned by five small domes. The windows have carved frames. Inside the temple, the floor was reconstructed with somewhat strange tiles.

Next to it, the bell tower stands out, which differs from all the others in Suzdal by its modest decoration with cut-outs and carvings on the arches. You can reach the bell tower, if you ask the monks, this place is usually closed. The stairs are steep and over 30 m high.
On the highest bank you can see the most beautiful views in Kamenka of the Spaso-Efimievsky and the Pokrovsky monastery, which are on the other side.
Practical information

Address: Suzdal Str. Gasteva. GPS coordinates: 56.427048, 40.440955.
The monastery is located on the left bank of the Kamenka, near the centre, but it is isolated. If you walk from the Kremlin on Lenin Street, it is necessary to go to the Rizopolozhensky Monastery, then you can walk along the street. Krupskaia at the intersection with Gasteva Street and turn right.

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