Assumption Cathedral (Uspensky sobor)

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The large blue domed cathedral at the centre of the monastery is the Assumption cathedral built at the behest of Ivan the Terrible in 1585 to celebrate the defeat of the Tatars in Kazan. It is much more spacious than the candle lit Trinity Cathedral and is illuminated by some of the largest
chandeliers in Russia. The tombs of the medieval noble Trubetskoy and Golitsyn families are found to the right of the entrance, while the tombs of the disgraced Godunov family are found outside the cathedral walls. It was in this cathedral that the young Peter the Great hid from the Streltsy rebels who had set out to murder him when he was a young teenager. The paintings and icons in the cathedral are original, dating from 1684.


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