Unbrained charm of Mstery


settlement on the edge of the Vladimir region is located on the bank of the river Msterka, once Mster, which gave the name to the settlement. The diminutive name the river received from the msterians later.

Mster and Msterians


old nickname of locals is sazans. They got it once for reluctance to buy fish at an exorbitant price. The story of the appearance of the name is stated by Alexander Gaun in the poem “The Legend of the Sazans” And the settlement was decorated with a monument to the sazan.


architectural face of the village is the Holy Epiphany Monastery with a massive bell tower and graceful heads of temples. The birth of the famous settlements was facilitated by distance from the main roads. Here and began craftsmen to produce lacquer painted caskets, and embroideries to create, and jewelry.

Mster’s famous personalities are not rich. Mostly, these are dynasties of icon painters, restorers. All of their works are in an art museum. In it and master classes for those wishing to painting caskets are conducted, and the basics of local embroidery are taught.

The main difference of Msterskaya from the equally famous Palekh miniature was the colourful bright background. By and large, the main plots are similar. Only early works are done in the manner of iconography, and for later realism is characteristic.

Architecture and museums

One of the main attractions of Mstera is the Epiphany Church of 1687. Architects built it in the likeness of Moscow churches. Behind the wall is the female abode of John the Merciful. Her “highlight” was the unusual shape of the main temple. Its building acquired after repeated alterations beginning in the Thirties.

There are approximately 40 architectural monuments in the village. These are residential houses made of wood and stone, labaza, shops. Many of them stand for nearly a century and a half. They were erected by different masters. There are also ordinary structures with a pattern, and old buildings, replicas of the capital buildings created by famous architects.

The Centre for Traditional Mster Miniature features author works dating back to the sixties. The exposition is updated and replenished constantly.

Forest and Grzhel

Acts and the aesthete museum “Grzhel”. It features a millenic private collection of author’s works. The specially built house houses the exhibits of the Museum “Forest for the People”. It contains animal effigies, and a collection of forest pests, and the history of forest management and even a variety of chemicals. A park arboretum has been operating near the museum for half a century. It is home to 150 tree species.

Near the village, on the banks of the river Tara, stands the Svyato-Kazan hermitage. It is worth visiting already only because of the Holy Spring. In addition, you can admire the Church of the Blessed Virgin of Kazan.

Mstera in any season strikes with uncatchy amazing beauty and charm. However, the village acquires a special charm during the golden autumn period.

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