Murom monasteries - spiritual centers of the ancient city

Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery (Murom) - the oldest monastery in Russia


The ancient Russian city of Murom has been standing for more than eleven centuries. Like Polotsk, Rostov and Novgorod, he was mentioned in the Tale of Bygone Years. It is believed that the pagan population learned about the foundations of the Christian faith from the first Murom prince - the holy noble Gleb the Passion-bearer. Today there are three Christian monasteries in the city - two male monasteries and one female monastery. In addition to their rich history and spiritual values, these Orthodoxy centers keep wonderful monuments of Russian architecture.

Savior Transfiguration Monastery

General view of the Transfiguration Monastery

The Spassky Monastery in Russia is considered one of the most ancient. Previously, only the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra appeared. The monastery rises on the high left bank of the Oka, like a large ship. And from the walls of the monastery, the Murom open spaces open in all their glory.

The monastery was built on the place where the Murom prince Gleb lived - around the fortified princely court, which was surrounded by dense forests. The first monastery church was consecrated in honor of the Most Merciful Savior, and in the annals, starting from 1096, this monastery is described as "the monastery of the Savior on the pine forest." Princes Peter and Fevronya, Russian saints, who are venerated by believers as patrons of family values, have been here many times.

On the territory of the Transfiguration Monastery

In honor of the capture of Kazan, the Russian Tsar John IV the Terrible built a new stone Savior Church in the monastery and presented the monastery with expensive vestments for priests, liturgical utensils, icons and books (1554). Later, when the monastery was under siege by enemies, monks lived in this five-domed temple and kept monastic values.

The second temple made of stone appeared on the monastery grounds in 1691. The Church of the Intercession was built warm and placed on its lower floor storerooms, a bakery and a kitchen, where they prepared a meal for the brethren. And on the second floor, rooms were equipped for holding church services.

View of the buildings of the Transfiguration Monastery from the monastery lake

Another building that has survived on the monastery territory since the 17th century is the brick chambers of the abbot. Of course, in such a large building, he did not live alone. Some of the rooms inside the chambers were given over to monastic cells, and some - to storerooms.

Feel the legends, spirituality and measured life of the ancient city on a sightseeing walk

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Murom - the city of love and strength

Murom is one of the oldest cities in Russia, the same age as Russian statehood, a city with a thousand-year history. Walking through its streets, you will discover historical and religious monuments and meet outstanding natives. I will help you not only see the main sights, but also enjoy the epics and legends of Murom, feel the atmosphere of his spirituality, antiquity and regularity.

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Numerous ancient temples, monasteries and holy places - Murom has been famous for them from time immemorial. How many of them are there in Murom? Only in the city itself there are now 36 active churches and chapels, and in the city and the region there are about 50. But if you ask - in which of them the relics of Ilya Muromets lie, then the answer is none. The miraculous relics of the epic hero are in the caves of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

The Transfiguration Monastery (Murom, Vladimir Region) was founded in the 11th century and successfully survived the difficult Soviet times for religion.

His "revival" took place in 1996, when the monastery was returned to the church.


The address of the monastery is Murom, Lakina street, building 1A. This is the left bank of the Oka. The complex consists of several buildings and a functioning male monastery. Not far from Murom are the cities of Vladimir, Gus-Khrustalny, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk and Ryazan. Distance from Moscow is about 300 km.

The Monastery of the Murom Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, located in the city of Murom, on the left bank of the Oka River. This is one of the oldest monasteries in Holy Russia after the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

Shops, hotels, museums of folk art are located near the monastery. The embankment is also within walking distance.

The history of the monastery from the beginning

The year of the "birth" of the complex is considered to be 1015, but this is not an absolutely exact date: it is customary to separate it from the manuscript "The Story of the Establishment of Christianity in Murom". The text mentions that the monastery was founded by the local prince Gleb Vladimirovich, the son of Vladimir the Baptist of Kiev. Since Prince Gleb died in 1015, this date is considered the most extreme, although many scientists have their own opinion about this.

Tradition recorded in several lists of the 16th century monument "The Story of the Establishment of Christianity in Murom" connects the foundation of the monastery with the Murom prince Gleb Vladimirovich no later than 1015

Murom - the name of this city is familiar from childhood to everyone who has read Russian fairy tales. This is one of the oldest cities in Russia, which dates back to 862, when it was first mentioned in the Tale of Bygone Years. During its centuries-old history, the city served as an important outpost on the eastern borders of the country, survived internecine wars, devastating raids, terrible fires, troubled times. Murom is considered the birthplace of the famous epic hero Ilya Muromets, the fate of dozens of Orthodox saints is associated with the city, so thousands of pilgrims tend to visit its monasteries. The ancient city is rich in historical and cultural attractions.

What to see in Murom in a day on your own

Of course, one day is not enough to get to know Murom. But if the circumstances are such that there is only one day left, you need to decide in advance what you want to see, and we will try to help you.

Let's walk through the city along the route that will allow us to see the main sights of Murom, make a preliminary impression about it and, possibly, plan future trips.

Railway station

If you come to the city by train, pay attention to the railway station, business card and attraction of Murom. It was built in 1912 by the project of the Russian architect and watercolor artist Modest Durnov. The station should be viewed from all sides: from the side of the platforms, the facade is decorated with a detail similar to the helmet of epic heroes, and from the side of the station square, faceted turrets on both sides make it look like a fortress. The station has a small museum dedicated to its history.

A monument to the pilot NF Gastello, Hero of the Soviet Union, who was born in Murom, was erected on the station square in 1964.

Victory Square

In order not to waste time, it is worth getting from the station to the main sights of the city by public transport. For example, to Victory Square. In 1970, in honor of the anniversary of the Victory, an obelisk was erected on the square to the soldiers who died during the Great Patriotic War, with the figure of an unknown soldier at the Eternal Flame. The ZIS-3 artillery gun is a monument dedicated to the 497th howitzer-artillery regiment, formed in Murom in 1939.

The square also houses the Palace of Culture. 1100th anniversary of the city of Murom, built in 1962 for the anniversary of the city on the site of the city drama theater burned down during the war. This is the main stage in Murom; concerts, performances and creative evenings are held here.

One of the oldest cities in Russia attracts attention with countless monasteries and churches, museums and monuments. But the main attraction for tourists who value the country's past and culture is that, according to legend, the hero of the ancient Russian epic epic Ilya Muromets was born here. Local residents of the hero are very honored, so many of Murom's sights are dedicated to him.

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Savior Transfiguration Monastery

The monastery complex is one of the oldest urban buildings: the first mention in chronicles dates back to 1096. Built, as it is believed, at the court of Prince Gleb, it also performed defensive functions. Tsar Ivan the Terrible made a significant contribution to the development of the monastery infrastructure.

In the 17th century. the monastery was damaged by the attack of the Lithuanians. Later, the complex was supplemented with new buildings: stone Pokrovskaya and Kirillo-Belozerskaya churches, an imperative building, a seminary and a fraternal building; a bell tower with a hipped roof was also built.

In the 1920s and 1930s. a branch of the NKVD operated here. Now the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery has returned to the fold of the Murom diocese and is functioning.

Address: Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, Murom, Lakina Street, Murom, Russia.

Nikolo-Embankment Church

Another name for the temple on the banks of the Oka is the Church of St. Nicholas the Wet. This is due to the fact that during the spring floods of the river, water rises to the very walls of the building. Churches in honor of Nicholas the Wonderworker were traditionally erected near the water, since the saint is considered the savior of the drowning and the patron saint of travelers. The construction was completed in 1717, although, according to the chronicles, the first wooden church was built here in the middle of the 16th century. Ivan the Terrible.

The interior of the temple is dominated by the Moscow baroque. It is crowned with five slightly elongated onion-shaped domes. An unusual detail is a bell tower with a domed end instead of the usual hipped roof. The main detail of the decor is the image of the twelve Sibyls who predicted the birth of Christ. There is also a source on the territory: the water in it is considered curative.

Address: Nikolo-Embankment Church, Plekhanov Street, Murom, Russia.

Holy Trinity Convent

The current Holy Trinity Monastery was founded in 1643. A snow-white cathedral and a bell tower in the style of Russian ornamental patterns make up one of the most recognizable architectural ensembles in Murom. A striking detail of the exterior of the Holy Trinity Cathedral is the forged crosses covered with gilding.

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