The town grew around one of the largest and most famous Russian monasteries. Troitse-Sergieva (Trinity) Lavra was established by St. Sergius of Radonezh in the 15th century. Nowadays it remains the main tourist attraction and is situated in the centre of the city. In 1993 it was put on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Sergiev Posad is one of the Golden Ring cities. Which means it played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church and was one of the important spiritual centers in Old Russia. Both Dmitry Donskoi and Ivan the Terrible stood atop the walls of the monastery. Lavra also played a role of a fortress during the times of Polish-Lithuanian intervention protecting Moscow. The construction of the rail way between Moscow and Yaroslavl gave the town extra importance.
We will visit the famous monstery, have a Russian traditional lunch at the monastery restaurant, visit the Matreshka (Russian Dolls) Museum and an exposition devoted to the life in Russian villages (household, typical costumes, ambiance of a village house).
When: We meet at 8.55 h in front of Yaroslavsky terminus (metro Komsomolskaya)
Cost: 5000 rub per person (Incluses train tickets, visits to the museums, guided tours and lunch and excludes tickets for taking pictures)