Zvenigorod – New Jerusalem

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Duration: Full day
Dates: Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday, 09:30-18:00
Difficulty: Easy/Medium
Children: Yes, any age

Zvenigorod is a small town near Moscow, a miniature Kremlin, a cozy Savvino-Storozhevsky monastery, some kind of refined and delicate nature… truly Switzerland near Moscow! And very near the Jordan River, Mount Calvary, Gethsemane Garden, the Church of the Resurrection of Christ over the Holy Sepulcher.

Zvenigorod is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery. More than six centuries passed since the moment when hegumen Savva, who had come here to establish the Holy Abode, froze, fascinated by the beauties that had opened before him. Much water has flowed under the bridge since then, but this picture has changed little: the banks of the Moskva River are still picturesque, they run away into the distance of the village, and the air filled with the aromas of the needles is drunk with special freshness. It is no accident that this area is often called “Russian Switzerland”. Those who rise from the bank of the river to the Storozhu mountain, see the view of the majestic walls and towers of the ancient Savvino-Storozhevsky monastery. Touching the shrines kept here for a long time flocked and the kings, and patriarchs, and commoners. And above the Zvenigorod Kremlin, called the town, another beautiful monument of architecture rises – the Assumption Cathedral, which brought to us the creations of the Monk Andrei Rublev. We offer you an amazing journey. You can be convinced of the correctness of N.M. Karamzin, who wrote that “the road from there to Moscow is the most pleasant for the eyes, the mountaineer, but what kinds of …

Departure to Istra, New Jerusalem Monastery.
The amazing natural beauty and majestic charm of landscapes attracted here, in the distant 1656 year of the most holy Nikon, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. It is here, on the banks of the beautiful river Istra, surrounded by virgin forests, floodplain meadows and copses, the patriarch-reformer decides to recreate the exact likeness of the Holy Land. All previous names of the neighborhoods of Istra have been changed to evangelical. So the river Istra becomes the Jordan, the hill under the monastery became Mount Zion, the hills of Olives and Tabor appear, the “Gethsemane garden” appears, and a small female monastery nearby is called Bethany. The center and the main shrine of the new Palestine is the grandiose Resurrection Cathedral, created according to the exact image and likeness of the Jerusalem Temple of the Holy Sepulcher. And today you do not need to cross borders to visit the Holy Land – an unusual resemblance!
Lunch or free time. Those who wish can dine in the entourage restaurant with the magnificent Venetian interior “Old Mill” (additional fee). The rest will be able to have a snack with delicious monastic pies with potatoes, apples, cabbage and drink tea in the monastery. (additional payment).

The New Jerusalem Monastery is a grandiose center of Orthodoxy, a place of mass pilgrimage and worship of the Orthodox people, erected over two centuries by whole generations of the most outstanding architects, architects and icon painters. This is the brightest constellation of sacred things and ours, Russian, Palestine.

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