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Ferapontov Monastery

Ferapontov Monastery
The Ensemble of the Ferapontov Monastery is a Russian-Orthodox monastic complex dating from the 15th-17th centuries, and its interior is considered one of the purest examples of Russian medieval art. The wall paintings were made by Dionisy, the greatest Russian artist of the end of the 15th century.

The Ensemble contains six major elements:
- The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin (1490)
- The Church of the Annunciation (1530-31) and refectory
- The Treasury Chamber (1530s)
- The Church of St Martinian (1641)
- The Gate Churches of the Epiphany and St Ferrapont (1650)
- The bell-tower (1680s)


Gennady Nezhdanov (USA/Russia):
It is beautiful spiritual and historical place, very well preserved and maintained, resort for souls in thirst for genuine and eternal. Highly recommend to visit. If not in reality, just use web-site.
Date posted: May 2012
Jan Ove Langoy (Norway):
When visiting Vologda this spring, we asked a local tourist-guide what to see and she recommended a trip to Ferapontov. As it was out of season we had a privat tour of the monastry by the director. What a place; so quiet and peaceful and the paintings in the church are absolutely amazing.
This place is well worth the trouble getting there.
The best way to see the monastry are to arrange with the infocentre in Vologda and it is relatively inexpencive to visit.

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Site info

Ensemble of the Ferapontov Monastery
Country: Russia
Inscribed: 2000
Cultural Heritage
Criteria:  (1) (4)
Category: Religious structure, Christian

Site history:
2000 Inscribed
Reasons for inscription
Formerly appeared on T List as Mural paintings by Dionsiy in the Rojdestva Bogoroditsy Cathedral (1996)

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Human Activity
Frescoes / murals by famous painters .
Religion and Belief
Cathedrals .
Built in the 15th century .
Named after a local Christian saint .
World Heritage Process
Extended from original TWHS .

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