Sights in Sviyazhsk

Around the Island

Ioanno-Predtechensky Monastery

The Sviyazhsky Ioanno-Predtechensky Monastery was founded sometime in the 16th century as the Ioanno-Predtechensky Convent, which was also known as the Rozhdestvensky Convent. However in 1795 the whole convert was destroyed by fire and it was re-established in its current location which was formerly the site of the... Read more »

Bogoroditse-Uspensky Monastery

The Bogoroditse-Uspensky Monastery was founded in 1555 and its first archimandrite was the monk German who was later canonised as St German. In 1592 St German was laid to rest in the monastery and his tomb became its most sacred shrine. The monastery was mainly established for missionary... Read more »

Communards' Wall Monument

  • Rozhdestvenskaya Ploschad

  Also on Rozhdestvenskaya Ploschad is a very simple monument in the form of a wall engraved with the names of the Red Army soldiers who were killed in August 1918 on the orders of Lev Trotsky. Trotsky personally visited Sviyazhsk in August 1918 where Red Army troops... Read more »

Memorial to the Victims of Political Repression

  • Ulitsa Uspenskaya

Outside the Sviyazhsky Uspensky Monastery, overlooking the dam, is a simple monument to the victims of political repression, in particular those who lost their lives in Sviyazhsk. It comprises a two metre high white marble stela with an engraving of an imprisoned man releasing a dove from behind... Read more »

History of Sviyazhsk Museum

The main museum in Sviyazhsk is the History of Sviyazhsk Museum, which is located just up the street from the Sviyazhsky Uspensky Monastery in former governmental buildings built between 1838 and 1840. The museum has several exhibits detailing the history of the island from its foundation by Ivan... Read more »

Handicraft Settlement at the Stables

Opposite to the Sviyazhsky Uspensky Monastery is a courtyard which was previously used as stables ('konny dvor') but have now been converted into a handicraft settlement. The settlement features various craftsmen who demonstrate their craft including metal work, pottery, basket weaving, wood carving, and work with leather and... Read more »

'Lenivy Torzhok' Historical Reconstruction Complex

Situated on the island's main square - Rozhdestvenskaya Ploschad (Nativity Square) - is the Leninvy Torzhok Historical Reconstruction Complex which recreates for tourists the atmosphere of a mediaeval military camp. Visitors are given the chance to shoot an arrow and throw a spear and also have the opportunity... Read more »

Ss Constantine and Helena's Church

  • Ulitsa Konstantinovskaya

At the end of the island is Ss Constantine and Helena's Church and there has been a church dedicated to Ss Constantine and Helena on the island since the first one was built out of wood in 1551. At the end of the 17th century this was replaced... Read more »