Behind the Walls of Intercession Convent in Winter Season
View of the bell tower, church and roofs of monastic timber houses behind the fortified walls of Intercession convent (Pokrovsky convent) from the monastery meadow at the low bank of Kamenka River at the beginning of winter season. The main cathedral of the convent was built on its grounds in 1510-1518 and dedicated to the feast of Intercession of the Holy Virgin. Standalone tent-bell tower of the cathedral of Intercession was built in 3 years later, in 1515. At the end of 17th century, it was reconstructed and decorated with archway to connect with cathedral and tent-roof. The white stone walls and towers of the convent is a monument of fortified architecture of 16-18 centuries.
The first fortification stone wall to protect the convent of Intercession of the Theotokos in Suzdal appeared in the 16th century, but later (in the 18th century) it was rebuilt and renovated in the 20th century by architect A.D. Varganov. The oldest part of the wall with devoid decor tent-roof towers of the XVII century is located in the northern part of the monastery and forms a small closed courtyard. In the 18th century, the octagonal towers of the convent covered with tent-roof canopies were replaced with hemispherical domes to make it more elegant and picturesque.
Photo #007 taken on November 29, 2015
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