Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour


On Pereslavl Krasnaya Square stands a whitestone church as old as the town itself. This is Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour (1152-7) - an early example of Vladimir-Suzdal architecture, the cathedral is far from graceful, but it has a power and force. The grim walls with windows resembling the slits of fortress loopholes, the general squatness and the massive drum surmounted by a dome - all give the cathedral a monolitic, tough, burly appearance.

A 14th-century icon, The Transfiguration, attributed to Theophanes the Greek, comes from the Cathedral, and is now preserved in the Tretyakov Gallery.

Historic architectural monuments of Pereslavl-Zalessky

17 October 1995,
Photographies by Igor Yunakovsky © 1995, tel: +7 (08535) 98254