Goritsky Monastery of Pereslavl-Zalessky is located in the southern part of the town, on a high hill near Pleshcheyevo. The monastery is one of the biggest provincial museums of Russia, it is historical, architectural and art Museum-Preserve. The preserved architectural ensemble of Goritsky Monastery was formed in the period from the 17th to 19th centuries. Great princes and tsars frequently came here and made generous contributions. During one half of the 18th century, the monastery was the center of the eparchy. Some of its facilities date to that time. Cathedral of the Assumption is of particular interest. Inside it is decorated with a magnificent iconostasis made in the Baroque style. Nearby, the Epiphany Church offers a splendid view from its high belfry. Also, the most remarkable reminders of ancient Russian architecture are the Holy Gates, the Drive-Through Gate and the Gatekeeper’s Chamber, all built in the 17th century.
The unique collection of the museum was created in 1919 by the scientist, historian and a student of a local lore, M.I.Smirnov. Its exhibitions “The Art of Ancient Russia” and “The Wooden Sculpture” feature icons painted by the metropolitan and local masters living between the 15th and 18th centuries, and an impressive collection of wooden sculptures from the 16th to 18th centuries. Here one can also become familiar with Russian village art. The works of small-town portrait painters of 18th and 19th centuries, and those of Russian painters of 19th and 20th centuries fascinate many visitors.
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