Sergiev Posad is a picturesque town 75km to the northeast of Moscow. The town is famous for the 14th century Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius , one of the most important centers of the Orthodox religion and a major destination of pilgrims. Sergiev Posad is the only town of the Golden Ring located near Moscow.
The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius
The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius was founded in the early 14th century by one of the most venerated saints of Russia St. Sergius. For centuries, Russian czars and common people set out on pilgrimage to the monastery. It remains one of the most sacred places in Russia today.
Today the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius is home to over 300 monks. The monastery houses a theological college, spiritual academy and an icon painting school.
The Trinity cathedral
The monastery is included in the UNECCO list of World heritage. Its complex of medieval buildings might appear a rival to Moscow Kremlin. Standing in the cathedral square you can trace the history of Russian architecture from the early 15th century up to the 19th century. The Trinity cathedral, built in the early 15th century is one of the oldest churches in Moscow Region. This cathedral boasts some works by Andrei Rublev, Russia's most famous icon master. The relics of St. Sergius rest in a silver shrine which is the main destination of all pilgrims coming to the town. Coming to the church you'll hear the beautiful choir singing, it never stops from early morning up to late evening.
The Trinity cathedral. Interior. source: strana.ru
During the tour you'll see other fascinating buildings of the monastery. The Assumption Cathedral commissioned by Ivan the Terrible rises in the center of the complex. Its blue domes with golden stars are seen from afar. The elegant baroque bell tower was built in the 18th century. Today it houses the biggest working bell in Russia. The Chapel Over the Well standing nearby was built over a spring discovered in 1644. Pilgrims come here with empty bottles fill with its holy water.
Sergiev Posad is the birthplace of matryoshka, known in the west as the Russian doll. You can see some rare nesting dolls and other wooden toys and dolls in the town's Toy Museum (upon request) or do some matryoshka shopping in the market square near the monastery gates.
The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius. Assumption cathedral and bell tower.
We believe that Sergiev Posad is the major highlight of Moscow region and is included in our Moscow in 3 day tour.
The tour to Sergiev Posad can be also combined with Abramtsevo estate which is not so far if you travel by car.