Visit to the Lavra

Sergiyev Posad Travel Blog

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After roaming around Moscow's city centre, we went to Sergiyev Posad, a quaint little town outside Moscow. It is famous for the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra, one of the biggest monasteries in Russia. Sergiyev Posad is part of the Golden Ring, which is a region that is considered as the cradle of the Russian nation. Churches, monasteries and quaint little towns dot the landscape that is characterised by hills, farms, white-birch forests and ponds.

Our visit to the Lavra coincided with the weekend, so it was full of tourists and pilgrims. Coming from Moscow, the Lavra felt like another world.

Overview of the Lavra
Religion is actually alive there. Even the presence of hordes of tourists are diluted by the presence of devout pilgrims. Much has been done to restore the former beauty of the Lavra. Restoration work was still in progress, but whatever that had already been restored was quite impressive. From the moment you step into the Lavra, you are welcomed by the colourful paintings that cover the walls and ceiling of the gate. These paintings tell stories of saints and folklore. In a society that was largely illiterate for many centuries, these paintings were possibly the only way through which many people could acquaint themselves with the stories from the Bible. Perhaps, this is why Russian churces are meticulously decorated with paintings and mosaics.

Contrary to the profusion of red in Moscow's Kremlin, the Lavra is overwhelmingly white, while the domes are coloured in gold or blue.

A monk!
The Lavra is guarded by walls on all sides, and it reminds one of a fortress. The best picture of the whole monastery can be taken from a distance. The Lavra is a collection of such diverse structures, but together they create a unique harmony that is simply divine!

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Getting there: Sergiyev Posad is abut 90km away from Moscow. The best but most expensive option is to join a half-day tour. There are many tours to Sergiyev Posad, of all service levels, available in Moscow. Suburban train connects Moscow's Yaroslav Station (Platform 2) and Sergiyev Pasad. Buying a train ticket can be difficult. Ask your hotel staff or Russian friend to write down what you need on a piece of paper and present that to the ticket booth. There are busses too. The bus to Sergiyev Posad can be found outside the Metro station VDNKh. During weekends, the road between Moscow and Sergiyev Posad can be very crowded. There was a new interchange being constructed on the way as of June 2007, which is causing a huge traffic jam. So, the best option is the train ride, which takes about 1 and 1/2 hours. 

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Uspensky Sobor
Uspensky Sobor
Overview of the Lavra
Overview of the Lavra
A monk!
A monk!
A Wooden Chapel
A Wooden Chapel
Icons on sale
Icons on sale
Icon abobe a door
Icon abobe a door
The Water Tower
The Water Tower
The Trinity Cathedral and the Bell…
The Trinity Cathedral and the Bel…
Jesus and his Disciples
Jesus and his Disciples
The Refectory
The Refectory
The Refectory
The Refectory
The Refectory
The Refectory
The Trinity Cathedral
The Trinity Cathedral
The Assumption Cathedral
The Assumption Cathedral
The Assumtion Cathedral
The Assumtion Cathedral
The Assumtion Cathedral
The Assumtion Cathedral
The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower
The Trinity Cathedral
The Trinity Cathedral
The Krasnaya Tower
The Krasnaya Tower
The Church of the Nativity of Sain…
The Church of the Nativity of Sai…
Sergiyev Posad Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
A favourite stop for tour groups, Russky Dvorik is a conveniently-located restaurant just in front of the Lavra and offers rustic Russian food. If you… read entire review
Sergiyev Posad
photo by: Ferreira