What to do and see in Sergiyev Posad, Russia: The Best Places and Tips

December 24, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Sergiyev Posad is roughly 70 km northeast of Moscow, accessible by train from Moscow's Yaroslavsky Station. The city’s centerpiece is the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius Lavra, one of the largest and most important monasteries in Russia.
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1. The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra

Sergiyev Posad 141300, Russia +7 496 547-36-45
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra

Established around 1340, it is one of the greatest and biggest monasteries in Russia.

Reviewed By Jo K - Bexley

The first thing I noticed were the wonderful frescos - so vibrant and beautiful and the interiors of the churches and cathedrals are simply stunning. You'll be able to visit several churches and chapels and also the Refectory which again is very colourfully decorated and also the Tsar Palace. I discovered that as with so many religious buildings in Moscow, the oppulence and beauty has to be seen to be believed. The monastery also has a gift shop and a very welcoming tea room where you can sit and eat delicious cakes and snacks.

2. Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent)

ul. Gefsimanskie prudy, d. 1, Sergiyev Posad 141307, Russia +7 496 549-25-28
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Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent)

Reviewed By John H - Burlington, Vermont, United States

This should be called a monastery as there were no nuns present. In fact the deacon who showed us around was firm in saying this was a monastery. The whole monastery has had multiple uses over the years and has only recently been restored to its former grandeur. In fact at one time the church served as a cattle stable. Great work restoring. Contains a hundred and 125 year icon. What is really interesting, however, are the cave church and monk dwellings below. You must pay 700 r. to hire a monk guide. He takes you about 7 meters (I think it was) below ground to a series of hollowed out rooms which were originally dug by monks trying to find a peaceful place from the busy life in the larger St. Sergius Lavra (large complex of churches) some miles down the road. Caves served as a prison for a while, but adjoin a number of church chambers and there is a spring down there from which pilgrims draw water. Spire is very tall - can't remember height but it is one of the taller such structures in Russia.

3. Cathedral of the Assumption

Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra, Sergiyev Posad, Russia
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Cathedral of the Assumption

Reviewed By YTCHENG - Hong Kong, China

The highlight of our visit to Sergiyev Posad was to see the Cathedral of the Assumption. The beautiful domes and the internal parts of the Cathedral should not be missed during the trip despite that there were already crowds inside the Monastery Compound during our visit. Highly recommended.

Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra, Sergiyev Posad, Russia
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Trinity Cathedral

Reviewed By Brun066 - Florence, Italy

Into the amazing, fascinating Monastery of the Trinity, this Cathedral, also dedicated to the Trinity, can not appear the main landmark (for example, the focus may be more attracted by the Assumption church, or even from the tall bell tower). But this impression is deceptive: the Church of the Trinity is actually the heart of the Monastery, its reason for being that.
This church houses in fact the tomb of Sergius from Radonezh, then proclaimed Russia patron saint, who founded here in 1345 a simple hermitage, then transformed into the monastery we see today.
The present church, therefore, is not Sergius' contemporary. The previous one was wooden (such as wood were the first monks' cells) and in it rested the body of the saint after his death. The church burned following a Tartars' raid in 1408, after several years the present church was built.
In addition to Sergius, the church is linked to the memory of supreme painter Andrei Rublev, who lived a long time in this monastery as monk and painted in the Cathedral, among other things, the famous icon of the Trinity. However, the icon is no longer here, being kept in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
So the element that mostly attracts attention, within the church, is now the Sergius' tomb. It is constantly lit by candles, which contrast sharply with the gloom of the church; while dozens of prayerful persons line up to venerate the tomb.
If you're lucky as it happened to us, you can listen to the litany accompanying the ceremony, sung by some women with wonderful and poignant voice. In our view, even for non-believers, one of the strongest memories of a trip to Russia.

5. Waterfall Gremiachy

Next to village Vzgljadnevo, Sergiyev Posad, Russia +7 916 214-46-73
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Waterfall Gremiachy

Reviewed By Klimov O

Specific place for adventure eagers without a road to it. normaly there is a great plenty of church people and extreme-lovers, in any time - night and day, winter or summer. especially in religious winter holidays. some pretty russian wooden chapels and Bridges are constructed around the attraction.

6. Sergiyev Posad State History and Art Museum Preserve

Krasnoi Army Ave., 144, Sergiyev Posad 141300, Russia +7 496 540-63-58
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Sergiyev Posad State History and Art Museum Preserve

The Moscow Region State-Financed Organization Of Culture “The Sergiev Posad State History and Art Museum” The unique collections of Old Russian and folk art are worldly famous. They demonstrate the development of Russian art till the 21st century and correlation of folk and professional art. Academician D.S. Likhachev called the Sergiev Posad Museum “Hermitage of Russian Culture”. “The Museum Yesterday, Today and Always” The historical center of the ancient town Sergiev Posad in the vicinity of Moscow is the architectural ensembleof the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, founded by Venerable Sergius of Radonezh and the town’s main sight is the Sergiev Posad Museum-Rezerve. The Museum was established on April, 20 on the basis of the historical and artistic treasures of the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, which was in time supplemented by the most interesting collections of folk and contemporary applied and decorative art. The Museum collection include over 189 000 items, permitting 10 permanent displays and temporary Exhibitions. In 1992 the Museum was declared a specially significant unit of the national cultural heritage of the Russian Federation. At present the Museum, situated in the historical part of the town, is represented by 4 sections: The Sacristy of the Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery, The Museum Complex “Konny Dvor”, The Main Building, The Local History Department. The exhibition complexes are completed with commentaries on the town history, archeological finds and art collections. The Sergiev Posad State History and Art Museum-Reserve is waiting for everybody who is interested in history and culture of Russia! You are welcome to get in touch with the great historical heritage! The Main Exhibitions and Displays The Museum Complex “Konny Dvor” * “The Ancient Past of the Sergiev Posad District” The collections of the historical and archeological monuments of the 6th century B.C. – 14th century, found on the territory of the Sergiev Posad district. * “The Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra”: Architectural Ensemble, Pages of History (14th – 18th cc)” The only exhibition in Russia illustrating the history of the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, steps of the Monastery construction and its participation in the events of Russian history. It presents collections of Russian and West-European arms and armor of the 16th – 17th cc. and rarities of the age of Enlightenment used in the Monastery, in the town and its environs. * “St. Sergius of Radonezh – an Assistant to the Entire State and to the Tsars of Russia” The exhibition combines for the first time the 15th – early 20th century works of art, dedicated to Venerable Sergius of Radonezh. Most exhibits are connected with the names of the famous state and church persons, with memorial and occasionally dramatic events or record the names of the craftsmen, owners and donators, indicate the date of production and the reason for the donation to the Monastery. The Exhibition presents works of jewelry art, icons, embroideries in silk, golden and silver threads, books, documents, reconstruction models, archeological finds, paintings, engravings, works of the famous folk handicrafts centers. * “The World of a Russian Village” The exhibition presents rich collection of pottery, carved and painted woodworks, printed textiles, embroidery, weaving, folk costumes of the 18th – 20th cc., gives an idea of the traditional Russian feasts: Christmas, Shrovetide, Trinity Sunday. * “Russian Applied and Decorative Art of the 18th – 21st cc.” The exhibition presents traditional Russian handicrafts and productions. They are world-famous centers of carving in wood and bone, lacquer painting on papier- mache and metal, clay toys, printed and embroidered in gold kerchiefs, glass, porcelain, faience. * “The Museum of Russian Matryoshka” The exhibition illustrates the main steps in the development of matryoshka doll. It demonstrates works of all traditional matryoshka centers situated in the Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Vyatka regions and also such a bright phenomenon of contemporary artistic life as “art” matryoshka. The Main Building includes the exhibition hall organizing displays of paintings, engravings, works of applied and decorative art produced by artists of Sergiev Posad, Moscow and other towns of Russia. The Local History Department is housed in a little cozy mansion in the middle of the park with age-old trees. Its exhibits illustrate the late 19th – 20th century history of Sergiev Posad; convey the atmosphere of the provincial town at the turn of the century; depict sever life and hard work of the citizens during the Great Patriotic War, give an opportunity to find oneself in the sweet 1950s. The Sacristy of the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra of the 14th – 19th cc. At present this Museum complex is under restoration. Some items from the collection are displayed at the Exhibition “St. Sergius – An Assistant to the Entire State and to the Tsars of Russia” in the Museum Complex “Konny Dvor”.

Reviewed By Retyree - UK

Sergiyev Posad is a village of chuch folk grown up around one Cathedral, now featuring many.
There is a large seminary and monastery housing many monks priests and apprentices(?).
The buildings are superb, both inside and out. The site is well worth a visit of 2 hours or so. There are basic snacks available.
Tip: don't arrange to go either on a Friday or Sunday afternoon, or your 1 hour journey will become a 2-hour-plus one. Everone leaves Moscow for the country weekend on Friday and returns on Sunday evening.

7. Refectory Church of St Sergius

Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra, Sergiyev Posad, Russia
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Refectory Church of St Sergius

Reviewed By Ricky Y - Hong Kong, China

As part of the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius, the church resembles a large rectangular block with a gold plated cupola on one end. It was said to serve as a dining hall for pilgrims at one time. The interesting thing about this church is the design on its exterior wall and columns looks really close to different patterns of wall paper being hung. It adds a more colourful perspective to the Monastery compound. Did not have a chance to see the inside of the building but the facades are delicately crafted and very artistic.

8. Chapel-at-the-Well

Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra, Sergiyev Posad, Russia
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Chapel-at-the-Well

Reviewed By unescotravelbug - Wooster, Ohio

Built over a spring that shot up during the repair of porch of Assumption Cathedral. It was told that a blind monk was the first healed by the water and his eyesight returned.Many other pilgrims also received the miracle water and the healings from it, as the stories have been told. During their visits to the Monastery, people of all ages come to this well and take water from it for the cures and consolations.

9. Monument to Peter and Fevronia

Kelarskiy pond, Sergiyev Posad, Russia
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Monument to Peter and Fevronia

Reviewed By cpcog - Hong Kong, China

For us, it isn't too special as we don't know the background about Peter and Fervonia. There weren't many people visiting this monument when we visited there. I guess we should search more about this place before going there. It might be more interesting then. We just stayed there for a very short while.

10. Grave of Boris Godunov

Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra next to Assumption Cathedral, Sergiyev Posad, Russia
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Grave of Boris Godunov

Reviewed By midway42 - Minnesota

Immortalized by Pushkin and Mussorgsky (as well as his time as advisor to Fyodor and reign as Czar), Boris Godunov's tomb can be found just to the left of the entry to the Cathedral of the Assumption. Worth a quick glance as you explore the grounds.

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