We encourage you to visit Sergiev Posad, the holy capital of Russia. It is located about 2 hours from Moscow. And, historical Radonezh is only 9 miles from there.
Located in Sergiev Posad, The Trinity Lavra, the center of the Russian Orthodox Church, is a unique architectural masterpiece designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The monastery was founded in 1337 by Russian Saint Sergius of Radonezh, one of the most venerated saints in Russia. The monastery had been used as a fortress, so it is surrounded by walls and towers. Lavra was very important as a religious, economic, and science center.
Lavra possesses many art objects dating from the 15th-19th century. There are over 50 buildings of different purposes. The monastery is active, monks still live here, and there is a religious study center.
The Trinity Cathedral is the major church at the site. It was built on the same location where Sergius built the first wooden church.
Within the complex, there is the History and Art museum, which contains a large collection of paintings, icons, embroideries, books, and holy artifacts.
Don`t forget to buy some souvenirs! Sergiev Posad is the motherland of Matryoshka dolls!
Afterwards, you walk through the old city, enjoying the quaint wooden houses with stunning platbands. You`ll appreciate the simplicity of provincial Russian life.
Next, take a short trip to Radonezh, a village near Sergiev Posad. Many pilgrims come here to see the Church of Transformation (built in the 19th century). Nearby there are pieces of rampart built in the 15th century. Walking down the hill, you`ll find a statue of St. Sergius and a font.
Extra Hour price: 1500 rub
Duration: 6 hours
Starts at: 08:00-12:00
Pick up: hotel
Drop off: hotel
Included: tickets to Lavra
Options: Abramtsevo museum tour (1500 rub per person)
A perfect day trip from the city. Wonderful monastery, churches and historical buildings all together form a picturesque ensemble of the town. Thanks to our guide who was able to give commentary on the development of the city and surrounding area in addition to details about the monastery. I would most definitely advise this one to be part of your itinerary.