Let's continue our tale of the Iversky monastery. As I
promised the photos in this album will mostly be about the life at the
A very expressive "brick"
directly between the car and bus parking lot and the monastery.
background is the Konnaya (Gomyselskaya) (Horse) tower and monk cells
An "undocumented" entrance to the
Also known as the North Gate (19th century).
... and through the gate - a view of the
These are no monks, of course. :)
A wooden superstructure over the guest
cells - likely a work of modern architects :)
A couple of brand new porches.
A passage to the lake.
The Uspensky Cathedral - certainly the
most beautiful structure at the monastery.
People leaving the Cathedral. Some are
pilgrims, others - just tourists.
Very symbolic: a "Belarus" tractor next
to a birch tree.
"Brothers and Sisters! Do not
Furthermost is the
Kvasovarennaya (Kvas-brewery) tower (18th century); at the right is the
tower over the Kuznechny (smith) gate (18th century).
A few graves.
As I understand it, these people died in
auto accident. One or two were atheists. A priest from the monastery
argued with the relatives to burry the bodies here. He got them.
To the left is the Church of Jacob of
Borovichi with a dinning hall and infirmary (built in 1702-1708).
the right is a grave chapel (end of 19th century)
A greenhouse, a cabbage patch, and a
"water tower" with a ladder.
I can.t make out what is growing next to the cabbage. Possibly squash.
And further to the right is an outhouse. Standard model. :)
is the greenhouse on the left was purchased. The one on the right must
And now - a bit about the monastery's
There are some chickens.
A goat and a cow. The presence of the
latter deduced from secondary evidence.
Atop one of the monastery.s towers is an
eagle - clearly a state symbol and not just any bird. My first instinct
was to wonder how it got there, but then I recalled that there are
eagles over the Savior-on-Blood at St. Petersburg.
I am told here that
the eagle.s presence is further justified by the Iversky Icon having
been considered a guardian of the House of Romanov.