Churches outside the monastery
Favorite thing: I visited Sergiyev Posad in a daytrip by train. Of course the main sight of the city is the the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius Lavra. Nevertheless on my stroll through Sergiev Posad I came across two other churches.
I noticed the light blue Ascension Church on my way from the train station to the monastery. It is situated next to a little park at the busy street Prospekt Krasnoy Armii.
Another interesting church can be found just a 10 minutes walk to the north of the monastery. At the street ulitsa 1-y Udarnoy Armii stands the blue white coloured Church of Saints Apostles Peter and Paul.
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Trinity Lavra Modern Background
Favorite thing: The Lavra continued as the seat of Moscow Patriarchy until 1983, when the patriarch was allowed to settle at the Danilov Monastery in Moscow. After that, the monastery continued as a prime centre of religious education. Important restoration works were conducted in the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1993, the Trinity Lavra was inscribed on the UN World Heritage List. Learn more Wikipedia.
You may watch 2 min 54 sec VIDEO-Clip Russia Sergyiev Posad Part II out of VT-Tube with Orthodox church music.
You may watch my high resolution photo of the Troitse-Sergyieva Lavra (inside) on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 56º 18' 37.34" N 38º 7' 47.20" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Troitse-Sergyieva Lavra 1 (inside) , and Troitse-Sergyieva Lavra 2 (inside) and Troitse-Sergyieva Lavra 3 (inside) .
Trinity Lavra Historic Background
Favorite thing: The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is considered to be one of the most important Russian monasteries and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. That’s why it’s one of the more often visited monasteries around Moscow. The monastery was founded in 1345 by one of the most venerated Russian saints, Sergius of Radonezh. He built here a wooden church in honor of the Holy Trinity.
St. Sergius was declared patron saint of the Russian state in 1422. The same year the first stone Cathedral was built by a team of Serbian. The relics of St. Sergius still may be seen in this Cathedral, dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Traditionally Muscovite royals were baptized in this cathedral and held thanksgiving services here.
Learn more Wikipedia.
You may watch 2 min 51 sec VIDEO-Clip Russia Sergiyev Posad Part I out of VT-Tube with Orthodox church music.
You may watch my high resolution photo of the Troitse-Sergyieva Lavra (outside) on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 56º 18' 26.31" N 38º 8' 7.40" E, 56º 18' 37.34" N 38º 8' 2.31" E and 56º 18' 41.67" N 38º 7' 33.65" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Troitse-Sergyieva Lavra 1 (outside) or Troitse-Sergyieva Lavra 2 (outside) and Troitse-Sergyieva Lavra 3 (outside) .
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You can't just go anywhere
Favorite thing: Because Sergei Pasod functions as a center of worship and administration, you can't just go wherever you want inside the monastery. For an unknown reason, we were hustled out of the foyer of this building without explanation, and its church was locked tight. I guess business first, tourism second, but there were a few other buildings that were also locked.
Fondest memory: In this picture you can see that they are still doing some restoration. Scaffolding is in the background and you can see from the gutters and brickwork that there is still a need for some work in places.
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Dedication to the destruction
Favorite thing: This plaque featues pictures and a lot of Russian text that explains the monastery was damaged during the Russian Revolution. Communists and sympathizers partially destroyed Sergei Pasod as part of the backlash against the church. Much of what you see has been reconstructed. The history of the monastery is, of course, much longer.
Russian is the only language used in Sergei Pasod.
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Favorite thing: Outside the fortress is a war memorial. You see quite a few of these scattered throughout Russia This one is a bit nicer and larger than many. For anyone who doesn't know. WWII was really a defining moment in russian History. they suffered tremendous casualties and eventually won. My personal opinion is that the Russian Front was, for all intents and purposes, the only one which really mattered and the victory the Russians achieved probably saved Communism by igniting a patriotic fever of unprecedented proportions. Needless to say, they stoked that flame with memories and memorials liek the one you see here.
Fondest memory: Note that they still leave flowers at these memorials. I didn't place them there.
Getting to the Monastery
Favorite thing: As the Monastery is not visible from the train station, you need to know the general direction to walk....
This is very important as there are no sign or direction from the train station. A rough map from LP is essential...
Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius
Favorite thing: The town of Sergiyev Posad is truly dominated by the Trinity Monastery. We took a small walk around the surrounding streets, but there was little else of immediate interest.
Fondest memory: The aesthetics of the monastery were striking ~ the candy-bright colours and the varied architectural styles. It's hard to believe that this kind of lavish decoration can inspire sombre devotion.
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Favorite thing: St. Sergius came from a wealthy family, but as an adult, he renounced his possessions and wealth shortly thereafter and became a monk. He established the monastery of the Holy Trinity in 1340 ~ it's one of forty which he is credited with founding.
The Trinity Monastery is considered one of Russia's most important religious centres. It's located about an hour outside of Moscow. . .and the importance and sheer beauty of the site make a visit worthwhile.
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Deffinatly take a walk through the monastary!
Favorite thing: Walk through the monastary. The entrance is free and the archetecture is absolutly beautiful. Many of the buildings seem to have alot of french influence and there are many beautiful icons in the churches, several by Rubliyov.
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