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Main page / Museums and sightseeing in Veliky Novgorod / Church of Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin, 1179
Church of Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin
Yurievskoe avenue 2В, Veliky Novgorod, Novgorod region

+7 (816 2) 77 37 38
+7 921 730 93 92
+7 (816 2) 77 37 70


Working hours:
С 1 мая: 10:00 - 17:00
Выходной: Пн, Вт
Закрыта с октября по апрель

From May 1: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed: Mon., Tue. and October - April

Entrance Fee:
С 1 марта 2023 года:
150 р. - взрослый; 100 р. - студенты ВУЗов; дети до 14 лет - бесплатно

250 rub (adults), 150 rub (students)
children under 14 - free

58.49307700, 31.25024100

The church is located on the shores of Lake Myachino, 3 km southwards from Novgorod. It is the object of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Church of Annunciation is the earliest in Novgorod sample of new church building type, which would become canonical in the last quarter of the 12th – the early 13th cc. According to the chronicles, Archbishop Ilya and his brother Gabriel set the wooden Church of Annunciation and established the monastery in 1170. In 1179, within one season, this church was replaced by a stone one; and in 1189 its walls were painted with frescoes. Monastery of Annunciation was one of the largest and richest in Novgorod. Despite the name, the church didn't belong to Arkazhsky monastery that arose later. The name appeared due to the nearby village Arkazhi.

In the northwestern corner, the aisle of Novgorod Archbishop Theoctistus is fenced off and consecrated. Church murals are highly interesting for comprehension of the important philosopho-theological problems of the time and allow to feel singularity of spiritual intentions that existed in Novgorod society in the second half of the 12th century. It is a significant and progressive artistic layer for Novgorod culture of the past decades of the 12th century.

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