The Ferapontov Monastery, in the Vologda region in
northern Russia, is an exceptionally well-preserved and complete example
of a Russian Orthodox monastic complex of the 15th-17th centuries, a
period of great significance in the development of the unified Russian
state and its culture. The architecture of the monastery is outstanding
in its inventiveness and purity. The interior is graced by the
magnificent wall paintings of Dionisy, the greatest Russian artist of
the end of the 15th century.