Sights of Borisoglebsky

Around the City

Aleksandr Peresvet Monument

  • Ulitsa Transportnaya (opposite the south-eastern tower of the Borisoglebsky Monastery)

Another monument by Zurab Tsereteli in the town is the statue of the 14th century warrior-monk Aleksandr Peresvet which was unveiled in 2005. Peresvet was born in Bryansk but is said to have been tonsured as a monk at the Borisoglebsky Monastery. Later Peresvet joined the Troitse-Sergiev Monastery from where he was sent by St Sergius of Radonezh to accompany Grand Prince Dmitri Ivanovich (Dmitri Donskoy) on his campaign against the Mongol-Tatars. In 1380 Peresvet died fighting in a… Read more »

Borisoglebsky Monastery

  • 10 Sovetskaya Ploschad
  • 10:00 - 17:00, daily except 1 January.

The Borisoglebsky Monastery was founded in 1363 by the monks Fyodor and Pavel upon the blessing of St Sergius of Radonezh. It was dedicated to Ss Boris and Gleb, Russia's first native saints. Over time the monastery grew very rich as gifts of lands and riches were lavished upon it by grand princes and tsars. During the building programme of Metropolitan Jonah (Iona) Sysoev of Rostov in the late 17th century the monastery's existing stone buildings were renovated and new churches… Read more »

Mikhail Skopin-Shuisky Monument

  • Outside the western wall of the monastery

In 2007 a monument was unveiled to Mikhail Skopin-Shuisky who was also a military leader during the Times of Troubles and also sought out Irinarchus' blessing for his campaign. Skopin-Shuisky is depicted by the sculptor Vladimir Surovtsev on horseback with both Skopin-Shuisky and the horse standing inside a large circle. Read more »

Prince Dmitri Pozharsky Monument

  • Ulitsa Transportnaya (outside the District Administration building)

Borisoglebsky also has a bust of Prince Dmitri Pozharsky who led the Second People's Army with Kuzma Minin, which was successful in liberating Moscow from Polish interventionists in 1612. Prince Pozharsky is considered a national hero, but he also has a special connection with Borisoglebsky as he stopped here on route to Moscow to have Irinarchus the Hermit bless the campaign and to pray at the Borisoglebsky Monastery. The monument is by sculptor Mikhail Pereyaslavets and was… Read more »

St Irinarchus Monument

  • outside the Bus Station

There are two statues by the famous sculptor Zurab Tsereteli in Borisoglebsky. One was unveiled in 2006 and is of St Irinarchus (Irinarkh) the Hermit. Irinarchus was born in 1547 and spent the first 30 years of his life as a merchant before he decided to give up his worldly possessions to become a hermit in a specially built monastic cell in the Borisoglebsky Monastery. Over time he became well known for his great holy deeds living a life in virtual solitude burdened by wearing… Read more »

War Memorial

  • Ulitsa Ustenkaya (opposite Bus Station)

Although Borisoglebsky was not occupied by the Nazis, it was nevertheless affected as its citizens were called up to fight on the frontline. Borisoglebsky's war memorial is dedicated to those who never returned. It was unveiled in 1973 and depicts a statue of a Soviet soldier in the centre surrounded by plinths with the names of all the citizens of Borisoglebsky who died during the Second World War. Read more »