Sights of Liski

In Divnogorye

Divnogorsky Uspensky Cave-Monastery

  • selo Divnogorye (next to Divnogorskaya platform)

The Divnogorsky Uspensky Cave-Monastery is traditionally thought to have been founded in 1653 when a group of monks arrived at the cave complex known as Malye Divy with a regiment of Cossacks to establish a monastery as part of an outpost on the Belgorod Abatis Border. However there are signs that the site was inhabited even before this date. From the beginning the monks set up cells in the surrounding caves as well as building wooden churches. Being located on Russia’s southern… Read more »

Divnogorye Museum-Reserve

  • north of selo Divnogorye next to platform 143km
  • 09:30-18:00 (Saturdays until 21:00). 1 May to 10 Nov only. Four or five daily sessions for visiting the caves and the church.

In addition to the chalk stacks and caves known as the Malye Divy, there are also the Bolshye Divy, which now also incorporate a church. Whereas the Divnogorsky Uspensky Cave-Monastery has since been returned to the Orthodox Church, the church at the Bolshye Divy is still run as part of the Divnogorye Museum-Reserve. In addition to the church and the beautiful natural surroundings, the museum-reserve also has exhibitions on the history and traditions of the area. Our Lady of… Read more »

In Kostomarovo

Kostomarovsky Spassky Convent

  • selo Kostomarovo
  • 09:00 – 17:00 (holidays and weekend 11:00 – 16:00)

The origins of the Kostomarovsky Spassky Convent are not known for certain but it is believed to have been founded as a monastery in the 17th century by monks from Ukraine who settle here along with Cossacks. It is possible though that the monastery is actually much older and there is even a theory that it dates back to when Christianity was first being introduced to Russia. The first actual written evidence of the monastery dates from the end of the 18th century when it is… Read more »

In Liski

Our Lady of Vladimir Cathedral

  • 20 Ploschad Revolyutsi

The main landmark in Liski is its modern cathedral which stands on Ploschad Revolyutsi (Revolution Square), just opposite the railway station. The cathedral is dedicated to the Our Lady of Vladimir Icon and was built between 2003 and 2011. It is one of the largest cathedrals in the Voronezh Region and its lower part contains a refectory, a library and an exhibition hall. Read more »

Regional Museum

  • 10A Ploschad Revolutsi

Although you might not expect it considering the size of the city, Liski has a rather large and interesting regional museum. Its halls are each dedicated to local flora and fauna and the history of the district. It has separate rooms detailing prehistoric times, the Don Cossacks, the Second World War and local citizens of note. In addition the museum also comprises an art gallery displaying the work of local artists. Read more »

Vladimir Lenin Monument

  • Ploschad Revolyutsi

Like many cities, Liski’s main square is decorated with a statue of Vladimir Lenin which stands outside the building of the city administration. It is rather a standard Lenin statue with the leader depicted pointing ahead (paying no attention to the neighbouring cathedral), however one unusual feature is that the pedestal is engraved with wheels. Read more »