Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery

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Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery

Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery
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Samara, Russia8,326 contributions
Great monastery
Jun. 2021 • Friends
Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery located on the Storozhi Mountain at the confluence of the Storozhka River with the Moskva River near the town of Zvenigorod.
This monastery was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva Zvenigorodskaya, a disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh, with the support of Prince Yuri Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod.
The complex is small but very beautiful.
It is surrounded by high white stone walls with imposing towers.
A very interesting main entrance to the monastery through the Red Gate. When you go up the stairs from the basement, you get the feeling that standing in the center of the complex
The Nativity of the Mother of God Cathedral increases in size and grows upward. The cathedral was built in 1407. It is dark inside, on the walls there are frescoes blackened by time. Some of them have been washed away, revealing the original ancient image. The candlelight flickering in the twilight takes you 600 years into the past. The territory of the monastery is very green, with many flower beds.
Overall, the place makes a very pleasant impression.
Written 6 July 2021
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584 contributions
For travelling in time
Jan. 2021
First time me and my wife visited this place was some thirty years ago. What a sad view... It seemed that it had been bombed by Nazis and left in that condition afterwards untouched. But it had been not Nazis but communists. First they had ransacked the monastery and tried to rob the tomb of St Sabbas, one of the most venerated saints in this country. Two of the villains who wanted to do it had been killed by indignant locals and then there had come a rebellion ruthlessly quelled by the regime. Next year the complex was closed - for almost eighty years - and in 1941 they even broke its main bell which was depicted on the coat of arms of Zvenigorod. Pervert people!
The monastery was returned to the church only in 1995 and now it's fully regained its formal splendor. All further details can be found in corresponding reviews so I'd only add that it's really worth visiting any time of the year but I'd prefer either summer or a sunny winter day.
As to eating there... Well, tastes differ, of course, but I'd recommend to go to Zhan-Ivan restaurant not far from that place (some ten minutes' drive). It IS excellent! (But please book a table in advance.)
To make the long story short, a must.
Written 17 January 2021
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David L
Philadelphia, PA6 contributions
Beautiful and historic
Aug. 2019 • Family
A beautiful monastery with a lot of history and reverence. The church had a wonderful service and the choir brought tears to my eyes.
Written 20 August 2019
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Houston, TX25 contributions
beautiful and historic
Aug. 2018 • Friends
Not many Americans will ever get the chance to experience this place, but anyone traveling to moscow should try to get out to see it. It is a working monastery, with a bakery, small restaurant, store, etc. We were able to join in one of the "services" where the monks arrived to the church and chanted. It was beautiful and moving.
Written 21 January 2019
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Tucson, AZ80 contributions
"The Storozhi Monastery of St. Savva"
Sep. 2018 • Couples
We visited the monastery on our day trip prior to our visit to the Kubinka Tank Museum. The trip took about 1.5 hours to the monastery from central Moscow.

The history of the monastery is fascinating. The Orthodox monastery was ordered to be built in 1398 by Prince Yuri and was finally built in the 15th century. The prince had wanted now St. Savva of Storozhi to start a monastic structure on the Storozhi Holm (Watching Hill). In 1650 Tsar Alexis had a residence built here and the large bell tower with a clock was also built.

The cathedral does not allow photography and you should dress respectfully since this is an operational cathedral. The cathedral has 17th century paintings and the remains of 15th century frescoes and a five tiered iconostasis. The Bolsheviks ransacked the monastery and it was left in ruins until restoration started after 1985. The relics of St. Savva of Storozhi were returned to the monastery in 1998 and when we were there many Orthodox faithful were observed honoring the relics of the saint. There is a statue of the saint outside the monastery in a small park area.

Outside the gate to the compound is a large map showing the locations of every feature of the site. There is an overlook on the start of a path around the outside walls. The view below is spectacular and I now know why this location is called "Watching Hill".

There is a snack shop cafe outside the walls of the monastery that was closed when we were there.
Written 8 September 2018
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Shekhovtsov V
Istanbul, Turkey420 contributions
Great old monastery with Russian Spirit.
Nov. 2017 • Family
One early morning at the end of November 2017 I have visited Zvenigorod Monastery with my parents. This historical, cultural and religious center famous since 1398 and holding third place in the rating of Russian Orthodox Church is worth to see. We were lucky to come to the main Cathedral in the time of Morning Prayer and had a chance to listen to a very beautiful religious singing. The Cathedral is one of the rare examples of the early Russian Churches built in the ancient times and well preserved till our days. It has some very much respected sacred relics and icons. The territory of the monastery gives a nice walk in the quite atmosphere. You can even meet some real monks, as far as the monastery is active as in the old good times. There is a cozy store there too, were you can buy some simple and tasty food and drinks from the monastery cuisine. I recommend all to visit this great old monastery with Russian Spirit!
Written 17 January 2018
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Alex S
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates19 contributions
Amazing quiet historical place not far from Moscow city
Sep. 2017
Perfect place to "change the picture" and get out of humming busy city. Fresh air, great scenery.
During our visit there was a temporary Levitan paintings exhibition happening in monastery.
Canteen outside the monastery is simple, but affordable. You can enjoy some 'sbiten' or 'medovuha' traditional Russian drinks.However we heard there are other fancier places to eat in the city of Zvenigorod.
While in Zvenigorod, suggest you also visit Russian desserts museum for interesting story and tea drinking ceremony. You can also participate in traditional baking workshop.
Some 50km from Zvenigorod is famous Borodino field where a large battle between Napoleon and Russian army took place back in 1812. Each September there is a historical battle reconstruction happening. Highly recommended.
Written 6 September 2017
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Limassol102 contributions
Wonderful excursion
Aug. 2016 • Friends
Having lived in the USSR, I visited this monastery when it was still dilapidated and unused. What a pleasure to have watched it be renovated and restored over the years, and what a pleasure to be able to go back now and experience the tranquil environment. This is an excellent excursion out of Moscow. The town of Zvenigorod itself is also interesting, as are the surrounding villages.
Written 12 July 2017
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Steen S
Moscow, Russia177 contributions
Nice monastery within easy driving distance from Moscow
Apr. 2017 • Family
The Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery is nice Russian Orthodox monastery for men, located approximately 60 minutes from the centre of Moscow (by car). The monastery was originally ordered built by prince Yuri in 1398 and dates back to the very early part of the 15th century.

The monastery is mostly well maintained and worth a visit, in particular for those, who do not have the time to visit the very popular monasteries located on the 'Golden Ring'.
Written 30 April 2017
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Basel, Switzerland96 contributions
Apr. 2017
The monastery Savvino-Storozhevsky is located in a nice, hilly location. It is by far not as crowded as other similar spots, but offered a very peaceful atmosphere.
I was especially impressed by the friendlyness of the staff, who gave me and my guide a lot of detailed historical information. I could feel the passion they have for this location.
Another highlight was a little cafe inside on of the towers, which offers a lot of different bakeries and some small warm dishes.
Worth a visit.
Written 9 April 2017
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