Yuriev Monastery as seen from the Volkhov River.
Yuriev Monastery as seen from the Volkhov River. By A.Savin (GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

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This week’s featured photo is of Yuriev Monastery, also known as St. George’s Monastery in English, taken from across the Volkhov River in Novgorod Oblast. Considered to be Russia’s oldest monastery, it is situated south of Novgorod on the banks of the Volkhov River near Lake Ilmen. It is part of a large World Heritage Site.

Interestingly, the 20th century caused the monastery the most harm; Soviet rulership caused a lot of damage, followed by German and Spanish occupation during World War II. Five of its Six church buildings were destroyed, and in 1991, it was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Volkhov River flows from Lake Ilmen north into Lake Ladoga, the largest lake within Europe.