Istra Travel Guide

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Istra Things to Do

  • the underground churches of Constantine...

    Before you will get to the Resurrection cathedral you will first see the underground churches of the saints equal-to-apostles Constantine and Helen. You will step down under the ground and get into 2 small chapels that are beautifully decorated but unfortunately also almost too dark to take good photos and taking a flash is something I did not want...

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  • walk the monastery walls

    You will have to pay a small extra entrance-fee in order to be allowed to step up to the monastery-walls, but I am sure it is worth it : There is a small exhibition about the construction of the monastery in one of the towers and in another one there are monks singing,that was really great ! The walk on the walls also offers some extra...

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  • inside of the Holy Sepulchre church

    Inside of the Holy Sepulchre church you will see many things that are usually not to be found in russian orthodox churches like the large flat stone in my main photograph, that was taken from Jerusalem to this monastery: on this stone Jesus was walking and believers usually touch it when entering the church of Holy Sepulchre.

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  • the church of the Assumption of Holy...

    You will find the church of the Assumption of the Most-Holy Mother of God in a side-part of the resurretion cathedral and it was decorated with ornate stucco-works and glazed tiles during the 17th century. The churches of New Jerusalem are the only ones in all of Russia that are decoarted with tiles that way.

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  • The side-chapel of Beheading of John the...

    This is the ornate altar of the side-chapel of the Beheading of John the Baptist, next to the entrance of the Resurrection cathedral. It is decorated with glazed tiles dating back to the middle of the 17th century and it is quite hard to find a moment there, when no believers are praying there, so you wont disturb anybody, when taking your photos.

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  • Tryokhsvyatskii bell

    Tryokhsvyatskii bell is the only remaining bell of the belfry of the Novojerusalem-monastery, that once had a clock and 15 bells but it was completely destroyed in WW II by german troops. You will see the portrait of three prelates on this bell : Grigory Bogoslov, John Zlatoust and Vasily VelikyThe bell has a weight of 100 pounds.

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  • The Calvary church

    You will get to the Calvary church when stepping up to the 2nd floor of the resurrection cathedral and you will see there a cruzifiction dating back to the 17th century in the place of the execution. Some parts of this chapel are decorated with tiles in great colors and patterns.

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  • Kuvukliya/chapel of the Holy Sepulchre

    You will find the chapel of the Holy Sepulchre right under the large dome of the Resurrection Cathedral and it is a 1:1 copy of the real Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. You are able to step in through a really very low gate (see my 2nd picture) and will then get into a small room as shown in my pics #3 and #4. my last pic is the view into the...

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  • A church that looks like the Holy...

    Patriarch Nikon had the idea to build the main church of the monastery as an exact copy of the Jerusalem Holy Sepulchre Church. The size and layout of the church, including the Holy Sepulchre, Gogotha, and other parts were copied exatly as they were in Jerusalem of that time, only from outside it looks slightly different, when it comes to the...

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  • Cathedral Rotunda

    The round brick tent crowning a rotunda in which center there is a small white stone chapel symbolizing the Holy Sepulcher rises 18-meter height above the Cathedral. Diameter of a tent makes 22 meters, and it is the greatest construction of a similar sort in old Russian architecture.Architects P.I.Zaborsky, Yakov Bukhvostov, Bartolomeo Rastrelli,...

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  • Campanile - Bell Tower

    From the south the Cathedral was adjoined with a high campanile in the seven circles, reminded a campanile of Ivan the Great in Moscow. It was completely destroyed by fascists and not restored till now. In 1959 the museum was re-opened for public, although the Bell Tower has never been rebuilt, while the interior of the Cathedral is still bare. The...

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  • The Voskresenskiy (Resurrection)...

    The New Jerusalem Monastery, also known as the Voskresensky Monastery (Russian: Новоиерусалимский монастырь) is a male monastery, located in today's town of Istra in Moskovskaya Oblast’.Power...

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  • Cathedral interiors

    The interior of the is restored already more than 60 years. This process goes very slowly. However, visiting the Cathedral every year, I observe new and new changes. Even in a today's view the interior makes enormous impression. When the process of restoration come to an end the Cathedral will become doubtless one of the most impressive and...

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  • Patriarch Nikon's skith (hermitage)

    A skith (hermitage) - a personnel monastery of patriarch Nikon is situated on the Istra coast, in three hundred meters from the main monastery. The building of a monastery was under construction and reconstructed within ten years till 1662. The same architect - Averky Mokeev got for his work the award in three rubles - the sum on those times...

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  • Streletz's guns

    The battle of imperial armies and rebelled streletz at the walls of the monastery was rather bloody. Imperial armies were headed by the best captain of the host - boyar Sheyin. He has just successfully won Smolensk from Poles. Guns of the XVII century are installed at the central entrance to the territory of a monastery. They keep memory of this...

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  • Monastery Walls

    Walls of the monastery passed wars and sieges, they, as a matter of fact, did not intend for military operations. The unique battle which happened in 1698 by a monastery, was a fight of four rebellious streletz regiments who returned from a Livonian boundary to Moscow, with the governmental armies of general Gordon and boyar Sheyin. That was the...

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  • Monastery Towers

    Eight towers of the monastery by the tradition going even from Nicon, basically carry the Palestinian names: Gethsemane Tower, Sion Tower, David's house Tower, Inoplemennichia (Another tribe Tower), Varukh Tower, Ephrem Tower, Damasus Tower. The tower above the western gate leading to the garden of Gethsemane, reconstructed in reign of empress of...

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  • Monastery Bells

    On the top circles of the Bell-tower there were installed a clock and 15 bells, the biggest had a weigh 500 poods. Portraits of tsar Alexey Mihajlovch and members of his family and patriarch Nikon were represented there. Up till now it was kept only the Trehsviatsky bell, weight in 100 poods, with the image of Three prelates - Vasily Veliky,...

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Istra Restaurants

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    by Anya_D Written Jan 1, 2003

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    I do not know where you can eat there! I suggest you bring sandwiches with you! but I know definitely where you can have tea from a Russian samovar (I guess in summertime only, at in winter - at -20 centigrade like today - you tea will freeze before you make the first sip!!).

    Favorite Dish: There is a wind mill there (see more about it in 'Must see activities'), which has a fenced yard around it. You can have tea there from a Russian samovar! They will bring you teapot, a bowl full of cracknels, and sugar. Very tasty and relaxing! 10 Rubles per person only (33 cents)!! And very stylish: to have tea sitting on a carriage! Havind the monastery in the background for pictures...

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Istra Transportation

  • Bus from Novojerusalimskaja platform to ...

    Right at the station is a little bus terminal, but walk to the mainstreet, to the right is a busstop and take the next bus comming (very frequent), if lucky you pay the old ticket lady, Globetrott mentioned 20 Rubel, but most buses use a electronic payment system, buy from the driver a kind of creditcard, witch you put near a knob, and you can...

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  • the busride is another adventure

    The busride from the electritshka-station "Novojerusalimskaja" to the monastery is another adventure and we were lucky to have a bus waiting there not far from the station, so we did not need to walk these 25 minutes to the monastery gates.I really enjoyed this busride, because it had that nice lady and her rolls of bustickets hanging around her...

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  • How to get to Istra from Moscow

    There is a direct trainline from Moscow and "Electritshka" is the name of this electrified trainline. Sergey was waiting for me at the metrostation "Wojkowskaja", that is the 2nd last but one station at the northern end of the green metroline (Nr.2)From that metro-station you have to walk a few minutes to get to the Electritshka-station, called...

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Istra Local Customs

  • the monks chorus

    Two monks are waiting for their audiance in the 2nd floor of one of the towers close to the monastery-entrance and they will sing for you some of their church-songs and are waiting for donations and people who are interesting in buying their CDs.Hear their singing in my videos -my favorite song was No. 2 !

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  • Place for christening and religious...

    In days of orthodox religious holidays hundred pilgrims come to the monastery and go on a coast of Istra. This site was chosen for its resemblance to the Holy Land. The River Istra represents the River Jordan, and the buildings represent the 'sacral space' or holy places of Jerusalem. Mass christenings and religious ablution are made there. Waters...

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  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher

    On the day of orthodox Easter we usually observe the appearance of the sacred fire in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Palestine. Fire appears in a small chapel which is situated in the center of the temple. Its external appearance know almost all Christians. However a few really know, that actually they observe a copy of a chapel which was...

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Istra Tourist Traps

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    Over-the-Gate Church of the Entry into Jerusalem

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 24, 2008

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    The entrance on the territory of the monastery represents an arch Over-the-Gate Church of the Entry into Jerusalem. On the second circle of the church there is a viewing platform. The entrance on fortifications and on a viewing platform is carried out under tickets in a museum. You may buy tickets can at an entrance in ticket offices.

    As the ensemble includes the big variety of sights for survey people usually buy a pack of tickets in the total cost about 10 dollars. It is difficult to bypass all sights for one day. When you got sick and tired you discover that you have a lot of tickets which you didn't use!
    It is better to devote to a monastery and museums two days. Next day your tickets are not valid! My advise - first day buy only half of a set of tickets...

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Istra Off The Beaten Path

  • the old Troydskaja churches

    Troitskoye on Ustra is a small village, where lots of people from Moscow have their datchas, a beautiful and peaceful area next to the "river Jordan" and not far from the trainstation you will find an ancient wooden church, that is opened only 2 times each year for believers and dates back to 1695. Opposite of it is an interesting baroque...

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  • the old farmhouse

    Outside of the monastery-walls and on the way to the windmill you will pass by an old farmhouse, built completely of wood and it is another museum with interesting interior, showing furniture, costumes and working-utensils of the 17th century.I also liked the covers of the windows very much with these nice woodcarvings !The entrancefee there is 40...

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  • the wooden windmill

    There is also a wooden windmill near the monastery and it was interesting to get inside and take a look how it was working in the old days, as the biggest part of the mechanical structures are still there and you also will see a typical interior of such a mill-household.The entrance to the mill is 40 rubles !

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  • Istra,Voskresensk or New Jerusalem

    Istra,Voskresensk or New Jerusalem, all of these 3 names are correct and also still used for this town by the local population, although Istra is what you will find on the official maps.Voskresensk was the name of the town before the communist-revolution of 1917 and New Jerusalem is the name of the monastery that was founded in Voskresensk in the...

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  • New Jerusalem idea

    In the Bible, the New Jerusalem (also called the tabernacle of God, holy city, city of God, celestial city, and heavenly Jerusalem, as well as Jerusalem above and Zion), is a literal (or figurative, depending upon the writer's viewpoint) city that is a completely new dwelling for the Saints. Others may believe that it is a physical reconstruction,...

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  • Modern History

    Time, fortunately, places all on its places, and today, despite of all peripetias and difficulties, the basic part of conventual constructions is restored. We are given the unique opportunity to admire creations of the great architects who created in due time a masterpiece of world architecture on the Moscow ground.Familiar to each Christian relics...

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