Borovsk Pafnutev Monastery

Borovsk Pafnut’ev Monastery


an architectural complex near Borovsk (Kaluga Oblast).

Founded in 1444, the Borovsk Pafnut’ev Monastery was built mainly in the 16th-17th centuries. Severe fortress-like walls with square tent-shaped towers (17th century; Vkhod-naia, Georgievskaia, and Oruzheinaia towers—architect T. Sharutin) protect the territory on which are located the Rozhdestvenskii Cathedral with five cupolas (1591–96; wall paintings, 1644), a three-story refectory (1511) with a single-pillared chamber, and a belfry. (The bottom tier of the belfry was built in 1522; the two upper tiers and the facades in Naryshkin style were built in the late 17th century. Tiles are by the master S. I. Polubes.)


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