My Russian Experiences

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    This 12th century church has some well preserved frescoes and has a very peaceful atmosphere.....



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    A Second Few Days in the Golden Ring

    We visited the town of Sergiev Posad on our second trip to the Golden Ring, it's a small town 70Km north west of Moscow, we travelled there by train changing in Moscow, it's about a 7 hour trip.

    One of the highlights of our time here was the Trinity Lavra, which is an amazingly beautiful monastery, we were overwhelmed both with the size and beauty of the place with many churches in it's grounds.
    It's visited by thousands of pilgrims and tourists daily, we went twice, the day we arrived it was drizzling andvirtually deserted, the second time on our last day when the sun came out the place became packed...

    The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius (Russian: Тро́ице-Се́ргиева Ла́вра) is the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. The monastery is situated in the town of Sergiyev Posad, about 70 km to the north-east from Moscow by the road leading to Yaroslavl, and currently is home to over 300 monks.

    The monastery was founded in 1337 by one of the most venerated Russian saints, Sergius of Radonezh, who built a wooden church in honour of the Holy Trinity on Makovets Hill. Early development of the monastic community is well documented in contemporary lives of Sergius and his disciples.

    In 1355, Sergius introduced a charter which required the construction of auxiliary buildings, such as refectory, kitchen, and bakery. This charter was a model for Sergius' numerous followers who founded more than 400 cloisters all over Russia, including the celebrated Solovetsky, Kirillov, and Simonov monasteries.

    St. Sergius supported Dmitri Donskoi in his struggle against the Tatars and sent two of his monks, Peresvet and Oslyabya, to participate in the Battle of Kulikovo (1380). At the outbreak of the battle, Peresvet died in a single combat against a Tatar bogatyr. The monastery was devastated by fire, when a Tatar unit raided the area in 1408.


    Our first damp visit...
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    The second visit a completely different experience .....

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    The white building above is the Assumption Cathedral built in the 16th century...


    It took 26 years to construct the six-pillared Assumption Cathedral , which was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in 1559. The cathedral is much larger than its model and namesake in the Moscow Kremlin. The magnificent iconostasis of the 16th–18th centuries features Simon Ushakov's masterpiece, the icon of Last Supper. Interior walls were painted with violet and blue frescoes by a team of Yaroslavl masters in 1684. The vault contains burials of Boris Godunov, his family and several 20th-century patriarchs.
    As the monastery grew into one of the wealthiest landowners in Russia, the woods where it had stood were cut over and a village (or posad) sprang up near the monastery walls. It gradually developed into the modern town of Sergiyev Posad. The cloister itself was a notable centre of chronicle-writing and icon painting. Just opposite the monastery walls St. Paraskeva's Convent was established, among whose buildings St. Paraskeva's Church (1547), Introduction Church (1547), and a 17th-century chapel over St. Paraskeva's well are still visible.



    The view from the road by the main entrance:
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    It was the lilac season and the sweet scent was everywhere....
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    ....some interior shots.....

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