[singlepic id=717 w=320 h=240 float=left] On my second to last day in Moscow, Alena and I decided to go for a day-trip to Sergiev Posad. Sergiev Posad is one of the â€œGolden Ringâ€ towns,Â and isÂ only aboutÂ an hour and a half away from Moscow. For about 100 Roubles, you can get a one-way ticket. Already the train ride was quite interesting.
Instead of tele-shopping, all you need to do in Russia is travel with a local or regional train – you can get anything on those trains.Â Usually guys present you with the tools you may need to handle your live – starting with knives over to shoe polish, lamps orÂ massage balls. This way, the train ride never gets boring!
Sergiev Posad is famous for its monasteryÂ Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra, which was founded in 1345 by one of the most venerated Russian saints, Sergius of Radonezh.Â The monastery is until today the mos importantÂ spiritual centre of the russian-orthodoxÂ church. It is famous forÂ its golden and blue domedÂ churches.
As a religious and cultural centre, which isÂ since 1993 on theÂ Unesco World Heritage List, it attracts a lot of tourists and pilgrims. Most famous is the small trinity chapel, which was built in 1422 and hosts the grave ofÂ Saint Sergius.Â ÃŒn a small chapel you can getÂ fresh water, which is said to have healing powers.
The monastery also hosts the worls largest church bell. It weighs 72tÂ andÂ is 4.5 meters high andÂ was instlled in 2004. After theÂ October Revolution led byLenin, the monastery was closed in 1919, butÂ it was returned to the church in 1946 by Stalin.Â Until 1988 it was the seat of theÂ Patriarch of theÂ Russian OrthodoxÂ Church, before the Patriarch returned to Moscow. This shows the importance of the monastery for the Russian Orthodox Church.
In any case, the many chapels and churches of the monastery, with their wonderful icons are definately worth a day trip. And if you are so lucky, to have such wonderful weather as we had, it will be a lasting experience. But look for yourself !