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The Biggest Monastery in Europe Is in Provincial Russia, Built 700 Years Ago

This monastery, the largest in Russia and Europe, spans more than 12 hectares and its walls are more than two kilometers long. Built in the 14th C, it played a critical role in Russian politics and was the beloved refuge of Ivan the Terrible


St. Cyril-Belozersk Monastery in the Vologda Region keeps legacy of Russian tsars.

St. Cyril-Belozersk Monastery was founded in the late 14th century and became the largest monastery not only in our country, but also in Europe. Its total area spans more than 12 hectares and the monastery walls are more than two kilometers long. It also played an important role in Russia’s political affairs. Ivan the Terrible visited the monastery many times and wished to spend the rest of his days here. His kids and future rulers also spent time here. As a result, St. Cyril-Belozersk Monastery is a vital part of Russian history. In 1924 the monastery was closed and turned into museum. Its main task is to preserve its legacy and buildings.


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