Corner Tower of Our Savior-Iakovlevskii Monastery. Near Rostov Velikii


In 1911, Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944) visited the town of Rostov the Great, located some 210 kilometers northeast of Moscow, where he photographed the Savior-Saint James (Iakovlev) Saint Dimitrii Monastery, founded in 1389 by Bishop Iakov of Rostov (died 1392) and enlarged by Metropolitan Jonah Sysoevich (circa 1607–90) in the 17th century. In 1709, Metropolitan Dimitrii of Rostov (1651–1709), an erudite Latinist and supporter of Peter I (the Great) (1672–1725), was buried here. After Dimitrii’s canonization in 1757, the monastery became a pilgrimage site patronized by Emperor Alexander I (1777–1825) and prominent families such as the Sheremetevs. Most of its large churches were rebuilt in the early 19th century with support from donors such as Count Nikolai P. Sheremetev (1751–1809). Seen here is the monastery’s northeast corner tower and north wall, built at the turn of the 19th century. Beyond to the right is the baroque bell tower of the parish Church of Archangel Michael, built in 1758 and demolished in the 1930s. At the beginning of the 20th century, Prokudin-Gorskii used a special color photography process to create a visual record of the Russian Empire on the eve of the Russian Revolution. Some of Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographs date from about 1905, but the bulk of his work is from between 1909 and 1915, when, with the support of Tsar Nicholas II and the Ministry of Transportation, he undertook extended trips through many different parts of the empire.

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Угловая башня стены Спасо-Яковлевскаго монастыря. Близ Ростова Великаго

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Glass negative (presented as a digital color composite)


  • Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographic work survives primarily in two forms: 1,901 black-and-white triple-frame glass plate negatives, made with color separation filters, which Prokudin-Gorskii used to make color prints and lantern slides; and 12 albums of sepia-tone prints, made from the glass negatives, which Prokudin-Gorskii compiled as a record of his travels and studies. The Library of Congress purchased the glass plate negatives and the albums from the Prokudin-Gorskii family in 1948. In 2004, the Library of Congress had digital color composites made from all the surviving glass negatives using a software algorithm to automatically align the color components. As with most historical photographs, title and subject identifications are corrected and enhanced through new research. Current information on the collection is at

Last updated: October 24, 2017