Sergiyev Posad Travel Guide

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Sergiyev Posad Highlights

  • Pro
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    HORSCHECK says…

     Magnificent monastery, golden domes, gorgeous churches. 

  • Con
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    dlandt says…

     Kind of remote 

  • In a nutshell
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    don_kam says…

     Still worth the trip!!! 

Sergiyev Posad Things to Do

  • Monument to Second World War

    It is for sure possible to see monuments for soldiers of Second World War in Russia. Sergyiev Posad is not an exception. It was build near the monastery for these soldiers, who were living in Sergyiev Posad, participated and died during Second World War.So called eternal light is also lit here, symbolizing that it is never to forget such tragic...

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  • Pyatnitskaya Tower

    The Pyatnitskaya Tower was erected in 1640.One of the most powerful towers was called after the neighboring Pyatnitsky Monastery. It was constructed to replace the tower blown during the siege of the Monastery (1608 - 1610). The Tower has 6 tiers. Originally it was crowned with a tent-type roof and a watch tower. The Tower is massive, austere and...

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  • Krasnaya Tower

    The Red Tower was built in 17th century and reconstructed in 1856.To stress the significance of the Krasnaya Tower constructed over the main gate it was faced with white stone. The Tower was considerably reconstructed in the 19th century and subsequently lost its defensive character. A figured portal and superstructure were added.You may watch my...

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  • Duck Tower

    The Duck Tower was built in 17th century.In the north-eastern corner of the Monastery there was a granary yard which gave the name to the corner Granary Tower. Later it was called the Duck Tower. The Tower is crowned with a high red and white open-work structure consisting of four originally decorated tiers. The Tower combines power and...

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  • The Belltower / belfry of the monastery

    The Belfry of the monastery dates back to 1770 and with a hight of 88 meters it is one of the highest belfries in Russia. Untill 1917 it had a total of 42 bells and the largest of them had about 65 tons.As a tourist you cannot enter this impressive building,but maybe you are lucky and might hear the chimes playing a nice melody.

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  • The Assumption Cathedral

    The Assumption Cathedral is the church that is visited by pilgrims and tourists alike and unfortunately you are not allowed to flash there. All of the columns and walls are decorated with beautiful and ornate paintings and frescos and the giant iconostasis is also worth to take a closer look at.Due to the construction of that cathedral it is...

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  • Monastery Cafes

    On the monastery grounds there are at least two simple cafes where you can get a wide range of snacks as well as hot and cold drinks.At the cafe near the entrance to the monastery I got myself an apple pastry which was very yummy and with 12 Rubles (approx. 0.3 Euro) very cheap.

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  • Fresh baked goods

    Located across the street and under the underpass from the monasteries is this little place. They made good sausage rolls and Miyuki liked their sweet rolls. Its not expensive, maybe 35 or 40 cents per item.

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  • where to eat

    A cheerful and inexpensive place for a quick lunch and a cup of freshly brewed coffee is Cafe Posadskoye, located opposite the monastery at 22 Prospekt Krasnoi Armii, just across from Sberbank. Restaurant and Bar Russky Dvorik serves more expensive traditional Russian fare. You won't miss this wooden building as you approach the monastery from the...

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Sergiyev Posad Transportation

  • Take the electrichka, the suburb-train

    Electrichka is the russian name for their suburb-trains, they mostly run in time but are not really very comfortable when it comes to seats.In Moscow you have to enter the trains from Yaroslavsky Voksal , the ride to Sergiyev Posad takes about 60 minutes and there will be trains approximately every half hour. After arrival you still have to walk...

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  • How to get to Sergiyev Posad

    I got to Sergiyev Posad in a tourbus that was organized by our river-cruiseline. It was a fullday-trip and included a lunch-packet, I think the price was around 80 euros.The distance of ca. 90km from Moscow is not really the biggest problem, but you have to take a highway that is mostly hit by heavy trafic-jams, where you loose a lot of time. We...

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  • To Sergiyev Posad by train

    I visited Sergiev Posad in a daytrip by elektrichka from Moscow's Yaroslavsky Station. A single ticket cost 112 Rubles (October 2009) and can be bought from ticket windows at the station. The ticket has a barcode which gives you access through the gates to the platforms. You even need the ticket to leave the platform when getting back to Moscow. So...

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Sergiyev Posad Shopping

  • Russian chocolate

    Russia has a long tradition in producing tasty chocolate. So if you plan to bring gifts for family and friends from your trip to Russia, you should take chocolate into account. Among the best brands are "Krasnyi Oktyabr" (Red October) and "Babaevskiy". The latter was established in 1804 and is even said to be the oldest confectionary in Russia.The...

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  • Russian calendars

    A gorgeous souvenir from Russia is a calendar with photos of a city, region or even local things. All over Russia you get typical square size calendars with photos of e.g. St Petersburg at night, Moscow at night, the Golden Ring, Russian birches or the Holy Places of Russia. These calendars are available at bookshops, kiosks and sometimes even in...

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  • souvenirs galore

    On the way from the large carpark for the tourist-coaches to the monastery you will find a large row of souvenir-shops. In the late morning, when we arrived, they had been closed, but on our way back in the early afternoon all shops were open and waiting for customers. They offer more or less the same kind of souvenirs like in Moscow and we were...

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Sergiyev Posad Local Customs

  • GAZ-2975 Tigr : a russian "Hummer"

    I saw this russian car in the backyard of the monastery and in many ways it seems to be a "technical twin" of the american Hummer, and it is called GAZ-2975 Tigr (obviously the russian word for tiger). It is not only the giant sizes of this car, but even when you look inside (my last photo) it has that same big construction-tunnel between the...

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  • pay for photography & you get a CD as...

    The entrance to the monastery is free of charge, but when you intend to take photos you have to pay a photo-fee of 100 Rubles, that is equivalent to a bit more than 3 euros, and for Videos you pay 150 rubles / 5 euros. I think that is a fair price and you will also see where all that money is going to, as they are renovating the monastery at many...

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  • Love padlocks

    As in some other cities, also Sergiyev Posad has a bridge where married couples clamp padlocks on the railings. Usually the key should be thrown into the water underneath the bridge. The love padlock is seen as a symbol for the never-ending love. This custom is known since the early 1980's when it started in the city of Pecs...

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Sergiyev Posad Warnings and Dangers

  • Prices in the monastery shops

    Quite a few buildings on the monastery grounds are home to monastery shops. These offer all sorts of religious items from Orthodox books to icons as well as souvenirs.In the shop inside the Water Tower I found a little English brochure about the monastery. It was priced at 50 Rubles. I took one of the brochures and went to the lady at the cashier's...

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  • Queues

    Not exactly a danger, but being a place of pilgrimage and touristy place, you will need to wait to get into the Trinity Cathedral - so either get there early or be prepared to wait for up to 1 hour...

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  • Souvenir Shopping

    There is a lengthy pathway of souvenir tables leading from the entrance of the monastery to the city's main road. Browsing might seem like a good idea, but be forewarned that you'll be facing a persistent sales pitch.

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Sergiyev Posad Tourist Traps

  • Photography pass

    Although the entry to the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius Lavra grounds is free, there is a multilanguage sign at the entrance informing that for taking photos a photography pass for 100 Rubles (ca. 2,20 Euro) should be bought.As I didn't see anybody buying this pass, I entered the grounds without buying it either. Inside the monastery grounds I...

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  • the hotels here are a tourist trap!!

    There seem to be two hotels in the city. One that does not accept foreigners and one that accepts them but only at a 400% higher rate! When confronted with this I explained tot he woman that I could find a cheaper hotel in Moscow, her response..."You aren't in Moscow" "I will be in two hours" I replied and was on my way back to the trains...

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  • Sergiyev Posad Hotels

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Sergiyev Posad What to Pack

  • Guide books

    Sergiyev Posad is described in most guide books about Moscow or the Golden Ring. The city is a popular daytrip destination from Moscow. I still had both my Rough Guide and Lonely Planet guides about Moscow from my first trip to Russia in 2005. Both include a little street map and list the main sights of the monastery as well as some practical...

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  • When travelling in winter time

    I would recommend very sturdy shoes, with very good grip, as there is a lot of ice and also compacted snow which turns to ice. In November the temperatures are often below freezing so gloves, a hat and a thick coat are recommended. Note though that you should remove your hat before entering the churches.

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  • Headscarves for the ladies

    Although you can't see it well in this picture, Miyuki is wearing her headscarf. This is de rigeur for visiting an Orthodox monastery or church. We purchased hers from the vendors outside for about eight dollars, but you could save some money by bringing your own. This is standard practice for the Russians who come to worship and women should not...

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Sergiyev Posad Off The Beaten Path

  • Khotkovo - monastery village

    The place is counting years from medieval times. It was known already in 1308, as monastery here was built. The name of town comes from the surname of Khotkov.The town became larger after putting here railway from Moscow to Yaroslavl in 1862. Nowadays it is possible to make a short stop here, if you go from Moscow, to, lets say, Sergiyev Posad. Now...

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  • The Assembly Chambers

    The Assembly Chambers with the quite unusual spire of the church of St. Zosima and St. Sabbatius of the Solovets monastery are to be found close to the church of Smolensk. The Assembly chambers are dating back to the year 1638 and they were partly used as a hospital for monks and local people as well untill 1917.This part of the monastery is...

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  • The well of the monastery

    There is a holy well in this monastery and you will see a lot of pilgrims and tourists filling some bottles there or drinking directely from that well in front of the main cathedral. The water of this holy well was able to heal a lot of people from various illnesses according to the old ledgends. The cuppola above the well dates back to the end of...

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Sergiyev Posad Sports & Outdoors

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    Pointless fun

    by MrRandMcnally Updated Sep 7, 2003

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    I know this is silly but on the stairs up to the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius there is a ramp for wheelchairs. In the winter it is a slipery hazard but also a perfect tool for some winter fun. Just hit the ground and use yourself as a sled. Alot of pointless fun.

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Sergiyev Posad Favorites

  • Churches outside the monastery

    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...

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  • Trinity Lavra Modern Background

    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...

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  • Trinity Lavra Historic Background

    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...

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