Day trips from Moscow Part I: Sergiev Possad

Hello dear readers,

Today I want to tell you something about the small city of Sergiev Possad.

Sergiev Possad is a smaller city with around 110.000 habitants north east of Moscow. It is the home of one of the biggest monasteries in Russia. The monastery, Trinity Lavra, was established in the 15th century by St. Sergius of Radonezh. In 1993 the monastery became part of the UNESCO world heritage sites. Today about 70 monks live there.

In my opinion the monastery is well worth a visit, especially if you are interested in Russian history and religious sites.

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to Sergiev Possad is to catch a train from Moscow’s Yaroslavskaya railway station. There are departures every hour, but keep in mind that most journeys are operated by slow trains who stop in every smaller city and village on the way.

But there are also Express trains, which are marked with an “X” after the train number, and those only need 1h instead of 1h30. The price is with 260 RUR also very affordable.

There are also busses, although their schedules are much more flexible and highly depending on the traffic, therefore I recommend to catch a train.

From the railway station in Sergiev Possad, you simply need to walk down the street on the right, when you exit the station and follow it until you see the big monastery.

Inside the monastery, you can take a look at the churches, but there is also a small park, a shop and a tasty bakery, where they still bake natural bread from the original recipes.

Stay tuned for the next part of this series! Then we will take you on a journey to Istra!



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