The Pskov-Pechory (Pskov-Caves) orthodox monastery is probably the most famous male monastery in Russia. Its history dates back to the 15th century and it has operated non-stop ever since. No other monastery managed to continue working through the Soviet era.
The bright multicolored buildings with beautiful onion domes look very impressive and leave no one indifferent. They seem to be copy-pasted from a fairy-tale!
The entrance is free. Like in many other monasteries, you must stick to a certain ‘dress-code’ — no shorts, mini-skirts, tank or belly tops. Women are encouraged to cover their heads and wear skirts (there are some available onsite).
The Pskov-Pechory Monastery has a very interesting terrain, too. Originating as a cave church, it now looks like a multi-level structure. The ‘cave’ part of the monastery, the Necropolis where outstanding people are buried, is one of the main highlights of the place. Walking down the caves with a candle is a very special spiritual experience. You can only enter the caves with a guide so make sure you book one in advance.
The surrounding area is also very nice and well-groomed. You can get some holy water from the well and watch squirrels running around. A great experience! Must-visit!