You will hear about the formation of the Great Smolensk principality, feel the spiritual power of ancient temples and touch the plinth, which was used to build churches 800 years ago. I will reveal why the 12th century was the period of maximum prosperity for Smolensk, and what are the features of the local temple architecture. Individual excursion for 1-10 people Duration 2 hours Children Possible with children How it goes On foot Rating 5 by 3 reviews RUB 1500 per excursion Price for 1-10 people, regardless of the number of participants
What awaits you
History and legends of ancient temples You will visit the ancient area of Smyadyn, where Prince Gleb, who became one of the first revered Orthodox saints, was killed in 1015. And you will also go to three preserved pre-Mongol temples of the 12th century and learn the history of their foundation and construction. The excursion program includes
- Peter and Paul Church - the oldest monument of stone architecture in Smolensk, created during the reign of Rostislav Mstislavich, grandson of Vladimir Monomakh.
- Temple of the Archangel Michael - one of the most beautiful temples of Ancient Russia. It will amaze you with its grandeur, upward aspiration and excellent acoustics provided by the voices. I will tell you how the Ipatiev Chronicle describes it.
- Church of St. John the Evangelist - a large educational center of antiquity. You will learn how he contributed to the spread of writing in Russia.
The route is quite long. If desired, we can move between objects on your transport or by taxi.
The excursion starts on the Dnieper embankment. You will know the exact meeting point immediately after booking.