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The Refectory
The beautiful Refectory rests on the high socle with numerous premises which once housed a kitchen, bakery, sculleries, pilgrim canteen. The open gallery around the building is extremely decorative. The façades are ornamented with bright "check" painting. The large windows are framed with small carved white stone columns. The refectorium is quite a large building, 85 meters long and it dates back to the year 1692 and was built for Peter I. It looks interesting already from outside with a facade that gives you the illusion of seeing a 3dimensional pattern, but in fact it is totally flat.

The large hall of the Refectory covered with a vault without supporting pillars was used for gala receptions. At the end of the 17th century it was the largest hall in Russia. Its floor square is 510 sq. m.
The monks had their meals in the Small Refectory attached to the main building from the south.

Nowadays it is used as the entrancehall of the church of St. Sergius, that you can enter only through the refectorium as a tourist.The refectorium is really one of the most beautiful parts of this monastery.

From the east the two-storey Church of St. Sergius is attached to the Refectory. Its upper tier was used for keeping the Monastery manuscripts.

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