Moscow, 4 June 2013
About seventy kilometers north west of Moscow lies the Sergiev Posad Monastery and we travelled by minibus to view this important centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. The monastery was found in 1345 by St Sergii of Radnonech and is currently home to 300 monks. The relics of the saint are preserved in the Cathederal there and are regularly visited by pilgrims. I was allowed to photograph inside the grounds and most of the churches but not the monks and not inside the cathederal where the relics are held.
Cathedral at the Seriev Posad Monastry where the relics of the Saint are kept.
Many of the buldings ere covered with scaffolding and netting as the whole area seemed to be undergoing renovation as can be seen by the builing to the left of the Cathederal. There was an argument between our guide and the monastry guide about the Russian Authodox Church definition of a cathederal and I am afraid that I am still none the wiser.
That evening we travelled to Moscow Railway Station where we boarded the over night sleeper train to take us to St Petersburg.
Travelling by the Moscow-St.Petersburg Train
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