Guide to Pereslavl Zalessky
The Land of Pereslavl
The Origins
of Pereslavl-Zalessky
Pereslavl — a tour
of the city streets
Churches and Cathedrals
A few words about
Mini Telephone Directory
Sights of Pereslavl
Panoramic Map
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   Through centuries of its existence Pereslavl-Zsllesky was one of the centers of the Russian orthodox religion. At the beginning of the 20th century the town had 26 stone churches, of which only 9 have survived. Besides the churches, the town has two monasteries and two convents. Many monuments of olden times that have survived bear the memory of important historical events and famous people.
Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior
See item 80 on the map
Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior (1152-1157)
Red square (Open for visitors from the first of May till the first of October. Working hours 10.0018.00)
For 850 years now, on Red Square, a white single-domed church has stood out against the background of the old town ramparts. The Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior, the most ancient church of Vadimirsko-Suzdalskaya architecture school, was erected between 1152 and 1157. It is built of white limestone, has walls that are one and a half meters thick and stands 34 meters high. Initially, the church was intended for the needs of the Princes court and the town fortresss guards. The cathedral was the main church of Pereslavl and a burial place for its Princes, Dmitriy Alexandrovich and Ivan Dmitrievich (1294-1302). Preserved until the present day are the temple icon Transfiguration of the 14th century, which you can see now in the Tretyakov Gallery, and the silver cup of the 12th century, exhibited in the Armory Chamber. Unfortunately, the ancient frescoes of the 12th century have not survived. The marble iconostasis was installed in the 19th century. Nowadays, the Cathedral is a monument of national significance and a branch of the Pereslavl-Zalessky Museum-Preserve.