Discover the Marvels of Sergiev Posad
It has often been described as one of the most significant cities in the Golden Ring, and is located a mere hour away from Moscow. It is a destination in Russia that is relatively small and even though it is known as an agricultural and industrial city, most of its popularity and fame lies in the ancient buildings and the history that shaped the city. Sergiev Posad is a city that can be said to be the heart of Russian culture, tradition and ancient legends.
Locals of the city and most Russians across the country will confirm that the city of Sergiev Posad is known for the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius. It is a monastery that is still in use, and resident Monks are always available to give guided tours around the massive grounds. The monastery does not just consist of one building, it has many ancient buildings behinds its walls and these are all significant in their own way. The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, also referred to as the Trinity St. Sergius Laura, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993 by UNESCO. Its name was derived from the Russian spiritual leader, Reverend Sergius, and artifacts and personal items belonging to him are kept in the Trinity Cathedral, constructed between the years 1422 to 1423. Inside the walls of the Laura, visitors can look forward to seeing the Church of the Holy Ghost (1476 – 1477), the Assumption Cathedral (1559 – 1585), the Refectory with the Church of St Sergius (1686 – 1692), the Gateway Churchof the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (1693 – 1699), the Tsar Palace (constructed in the late 17th century) and the Bell Tower (1740 – 1770).
Of course, in and around the rest of the city, other recommended sites include the Pyatnitskaya Church (1547), the Chapel of the Pyatnitsky Well (built between the 17th and 18th century), the old Monastery Hotel (1823 / 1838) and the Stable Yard (1790) that once housed horses and carriages, but has become an exhibition hall and place for events and social gatherings. The craftsmen of Sergiev Posad have also gained fame for their toy making skills and it is therefore only expected that the city would be home to the Museum of Toys. The toys that have been crafted here through the centuries, known as Trinity Toys, date back to the days of Sergius of Radonezh. The museum was founded in 1918 and has a staggering collection of toys of all shapes and sizes. Beautiful works of art and priceless masterpieces can be viewed at the Sergiev Posad State History and Art Museum that was established in 1920. Visitors should also stop by the Local History Museum, established in 1929, and the Museum of Folk Handicrafts Museum, which opened in 1941.
Some traditions never die or fade away in the glass displays of museums. This is a destination in Russia where the age-old tradition of toy making and woodcarving can still be witnessed. Painters and artists still flock to Sergiev Posad that has inspired so many and still manages to render most visitors speechless.