Pechery

It is one of the oldest towns of Pskovian Area. The charming appearance of the town is determined by a picturesque valley with karst caves and a monastery complex of the 15- 20th centuries. The ancient Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery, which was previously built in caves and thus defined the name of the town (Pechery is a derivative from the word “peschery” that is Russian for caves), is situated here.

The golden age of the monastery fell on the 16th century. In that period it acquired a great significance not only as a spiritual, but also as a cultural centre. Today the monastery has 11 churches; 3 of them are situated in caves. The fortress walls and the belfry with old bells are also noteworthy.