Elena Kuryleva
Elena Kuryleva

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This year Russia celebrates the 700th anniversary of the birth of St Sergius of Radonezh, founder of the monastery that became known as the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. In preparation for the celebrations, the Russian government has made a very substantial investment into a complete restoration of the monastery to capture all its former glory and beauty. The monastery has never been as spectacular as it is now and its tall towers with their shining golden copulas are visible from afar. The impressive monastery, located in the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, 70 km northeast of Moscow, is a “must” during any visit to Russia. Our full-day tours to Sergiev Posad normally include a guided tour around the large monastery and a visit to the monastery’s most prominent buildings including the Trinity Cathedral, the Refectory Church and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Before going back to Moscow, it’s definitely worth enjoying lunch at the nearby restaurant Russky Dvor, a genuine izba-type restaurant offering authentic Russian countryside food at its best. For more information, please contact: marina.lychnova@viahansa.com.