Beautiful, Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel looks serenely out over the city of Krasnoyarsk. Here’s a guide to visiting this iconic landmark.
How To Get To Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel
Located at the top of Karaulnaya Mountain (more of a hill than a mountain), Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel is a short drive from the city of Krasnoyarsk.
If you drive, there is plenty of parking, with only a short walk up the hill once parked.
It’s also possible to get a taxi or bus from the city to visit the chapel.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel Entrance Fee
It’s free to visit the chapel.
Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel Opening Times
It’s possible to visit the outside of the chapel all day, every day.
It’s not always possible to see inside the Chapel as it closes at certain times.
Best Time To Visit Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel + Tips
If you prefer to miss the crowds, get there early or late in the day.
However, if you wish to hear the deafening gun salute, you need to be there at midday!
Try and go on a clear day to get the best views.
Additionally, sunset over the city is said to be really lovely from here.
It can get quite windy and chilly at the top of the mountain, so layer up!
There are no facilities near the chapel, although there are some benches to allow you to sit and enjoy the surroundings.
There is a small gift shop if you are looking to get a souvenir of your visit.
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History Of Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel
The mountain on which Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel sits is known to have had a watch tower on it way back in the 14th century. This was said to have been built and used by the Cossacks to look out for hostile invaders.
Following this, in 1805, a wooden chapel was built on the summit. It is said that it was built by locals to give thanks to their ancestors for deliverance from their enemies.
However, this building soon decayed and between 1852 and 1855 a stone chapel was built in its place with the permission of the Bishop of Tomsky.
In 1887, the Russian scientist and radio inventor Aleksander Popov observed a solar eclipse from the chapel. In 1977, a granite memorial plaque was placed to the east of the chapel to commemorate this.
Since 1980 the building has been an architectural monument of local significance and one of the major symbols of the city of Krasnoyarsk.
What To Expect At Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel
Situated at the top of Karaulnaya Mountain (only a short climb), Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel really puts Krasnoyarsk on the map…well the banknote. If you look on the back of a 10 Ruble banknote you will see this iconic structure.
This small, pretty white and green Russian Orthodox chapel stands proudly overlooking the city of Krasnoyarsk and on clear days has panoramic views as far as the river, the right bank and beyond.
The chapel also has some beautiful frescoes on the ceiling if you get a look inside, which might take a while if there are lots of visitors.
In addition, a deafening one-gun salute is fired from just below the chapel at midday, each day. Apparently this is a traditional time-signal going back to Tsarist times.
The Chapel is an important place of pilgrimage for locals and visitors, with many romantic couples visiting the chapel to make a declaration of their love for each other.
It is also a popular place for wedding parties to go to, to get some stunning and memorable wedding photographs.
Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel is a little gem and well worth a visit when in the city of Krasnoyarsk.
Where To Stay In Krasnoyarsk
Luxury – Novotel Krasnoyarsk Centre
Offering a fitness centre with a sauna, Novotel Krasnoyarsk City Center is located in historical and business area of Krasnoyarsk.
Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
The comfortable rooms come with air conditioning and have a flat-screen TV and a coffee machine. Private bathrooms are also provided.
Guests can enjoy a meal at the hotel’s GOURMETBAR, serving International cuisine, or have a drink at the 24-hour bar.
Mid-Buget – Soft Hotel
Located just a 5-minute walk from Opera and Ballet Theatre, Soft Hotel features a restaurant, free Wi-Fi and free parking.
Both Mira Square and Revolutsyi Square are a 15-minute walk away.
The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV, minibar and desk. The private bathroom comes with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.
A number of cafes, bars and restaurants is a 10-minute walk away.
Budget – Titmous House Hostel
Ideally situated in the Krasnoyarsk City Centre district of Krasnoyarsk, Titmous House Hostel is situated 0.9 miles from Krasnoyarsk Drama Pushkin Theatre, 1.4 miles from Krasnoyarsk State Theatre of Opera and Ballet and 2.2 miles from Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre.
Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property.
The hostel has family rooms. All rooms in the hostel come with a kettle. At Titmous House Hostel, the rooms have a seating area.
For more places to stay in Krasnoyarsk, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.