Side Trips from Moscow

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  • 1. Abramtsevo Estate

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Until 1870 Abramtsevo belonged to Sergei Aksakov, a Slavophile who advocated the exportation of Orthodox Christianity to the West. A very religious...Read More

  • 2. Leo Tolstoy's Museum in Yasnaya Polyana

    Museum/Gallery

    You'll begin your tour of the great writer's estate in the upstairs dining room, where you're greeted by numerous portraits of the Tolstoy...Read More

  • 3. Monastery of St. Yefim

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The tall brick walls and 12 towers of this monastery, completed in 1350, have often been the cinematic stand-in for the Moscow Kremlin. The...Read More

  • 4. New Jerusalem Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nikon (1605–81), patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, founded this monastery in 1652. It lies on roughly the same longitude as Jerusalem...Read More

  • 5. Rostov kremlin

    Military Site

    At the center of Rostov is the incomparable Rostov kremlin, a fortress with 6-foot-thick white-stone walls and 11 circular towers topped with...Read More

  • 6. Suzdal kremlin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The dominant monument in the kremlin, which may have first been built in the 10th century and sits on an earthen rampart with the Kamenka River...Read More

  • 7. Troitse-Sergieva Lavra

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Sergius of Radonezh (1314–92), who would later become Russia's patron saint, founded this famous monastery in 1340. The site rapidly became...Read More

  • 8. Avraamiyev (Abraham) Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded at the end of the 11th century on the site of a former pagan temple to Veles, god of cattle, this monastery claims to be the oldest...Read More

  • 9. Bogolyubovo

    Building/Architectural Site

    Most of Andrei Bogolyubsky's construction projects were in Bogolyubovo, 10 km (6 miles) east of Vladimir. Near the convergence of the Nerl and...Read More

  • 10. Botik museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Pereslavl-Zalessky was the birthplace of the Russian navy. The Botik museum, 3 km (2 miles) outside of town, houses the only remaining boat...Read More

  • 11. Candle of Yaroslavl

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 100-foot-tall "candle" is actually a belfry for two churches, Ioann Zlatoust (St. John Chrysostom, 1649) and the miniature Tserkov Vladimirskoi...Read More

  • 12. Cathedral of St. Dmitri

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Andrei Bogolyubsky was succeeded by Vsevolod III, also known as "the Great Nest" because of the great number of his progeny. Although he focused...Read More

  • 13. Cathedral of the Assumption

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The huge, boxy outline and golden domes rise high above the Klyazma River. After a fire in 1185, the cathedral was rebuilt, only to burn down...Read More

  • 14. Cathedral of the Transfiguration

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Construction began on this 12th-century limestone cathedral in the center of town the same year as workers started constructing the Church of...Read More

  • 15. Church of Elijah the Prophet

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The mid-17th-century Church of Elijah the Prophet ( Tserkov Ilyi Proroka ) stands at the center of town on ploschad Sovetskaya (Soviet Square...Read More

  • 16. Church of St. John the Baptist

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although it looks as though it's made from wood, the 17th-century five-dome Church of St. John the Baptist ( Tserkov Ioanna Predtechi ) is actually...Read More

  • 17. Church of the Epiphany

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The large, redbrick, blue-cupola Church of the Epiphany (Tserkov Bogoyavleniya) is renowned for its fine proportions, enhanced by splendid decorative...Read More

  • 18. Church of the Intercession on the Nerl

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Andrei's greatest creation and arguably the most perfect medieval Russian church ever built is less than 2 km (1 miles) from Bogolyubovo. On...Read More

  • 19. Churches of St. Lazarus and St. Antipy

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Walking north from the kremlin on ulitsa Lenina, you'll pass several churches on your left and the pillared trading arcades. Just beyond the...Read More

  • 20. Convent of the Intercession

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In addition to being a religious institution, this convent was also a place for political incarcerations. Basil III divorced his wife Solomonia...Read More

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