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The Znamensky Monastery was built between 1689-1693, as a wooden structure. It is also known as the Monastery of Our Lady of the Sign or the Church of the Holy Sign Painter. Between 1757-1760 the wood structure was replaced by a stone church building. In...More
We visited in the middle of a snowstorm. It is lovely inside. Wished we could have walked around outside to see more of the grounds, but the snow made it impossible. However, am glad that we made the effort to visit.
It is situated not exactly in the downtown Irkutsk, but very close. The Kolchak monument is right at the entrance. The main cathdral has very unique icons. I was here on the Holy Trinity day. It was quite remarkable. Such a beautiful hall was decoratedn...More
Not a very large monastery (although a Russian friend insisted it was really a convent), but packed with history. A statue for the Admiral presides the entrance and several graves of Decemberists and other historical figures surround it. Inside the usual decoration, but with intrinsic...More
Our tour group stopped here and, though the faithful are required to cover their heads upon entering, we were exempted. The cathedral interior is a delight to all senses, including one's spirit. We were allowed to purchase and light candles. We were also permitted to...More