Mirozhsky Monastery
Mirozhsky Monastery – a 12th-century monastery
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 complex in Pskov
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, Russia
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, famous for its fresco
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es, located in The Christ's Transfiguration Cathedral. The name of the monastery is derived from the name of the Mirozha River, near which it’s situated. From the other side monastery stands on the bank of the river Velikaya.

The ancient buildings, with the exception of The Christ's Transfiguration Cathedral, have not survived. Nowadays the architectural ensemble consists of:
  • Christ's Transfiguration Cathedral (12th — beg. of the 20th c.)
  • Prior
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    ’s house (16th —19th c.)
  • Stefan's Church (17th c.)
  • dorter, lit. “Fraters’ House” (end of 18th—19th c.)
  • cells (17th—19th c.)
  • bathhouse (beg. of the 19th c.)
  • fence (1799—1805)

The exact date of the founding of the monastery is not known. Traditionally, it is considered to be the mid-12th century and is associated with the name of Nifont, Bishop
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 of Novgorod.

The monastery, located 20 minutes walk from the Pskov Krom
Pskov Krom
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 (the other name for Kremlin
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), was one of the cultural centers of the city, comprising:
  • library
  • scriptorium
  • icon
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