Segiev Posad

 

It grew in the 15th century around one of the greatest of Russian monasteries, the Trinity Lavra established by St. Sergius of Radonezh, which continues to be one of the largest monasteries in Russia. Town status was granted to Sergiyev Posad in 1742. The town's name, alluding to St. Sergius, has strong religious connotations. Soviet authorities changed it first to just Sergiyev in 1919, and then to Zagorsk in 1930, in memory of the revolutionary Vladimir Zagorsky. The original name was restored in 1991.

The reason why one should see the city is the monastery. The monastery of Sergiev Posad is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Russia and one of the principal spiritual centres of the Russian Church. It is a combination of a fortress and a monastery. The seminary of the Russian Orthodox Church is located in the buildings of the complex. There are several churches to see, a holy source and in general the whole complex with its massive walls and gates is very picturesque. It is considered to be the 'Vatican of the Orthodox Church'.

Pristine examples of orthodox buildings Dome heaven - naturally
Beautiful restoration work Gold against golden
Whispered advice Rich orthodox artworks

And don't forget the bakery cafe. All monasteries are required to have a place for pilgrims to obtain food. Yes, these are more a commercial venture these days but extremely GOOD value and offer very tasty, seriously fresh, bread and pastries!!