Located within an hour-drive distance from Moscow, the town of Sergiev Posad (called Zagorsk during the Soviet era) is famous for its compelling monastery. Sergiev Posad was named after Saint Sergey, known as Sergey Radonezhsky, who was born in Radonezh (a city situated next to Zagorsk). In the 14th century he founded a monastery there and it became one of the biggest and the most beautiful monasteries in Russia. Nowadays the monastery carries the name of Lavra (" the main and most important monastery") and is considered to be the "Russian Vatican".
St. Trinity Cathedral.
Sanctities of the Russian land: the shrine with St.Sergey's relics and icons painted by famous Andrey Rublyov.
Assumption Cathedral: iconostasis of 17th century.
Church of St. Sergey.
Ecclesiastical Academy and Seminary.
Royal temporary residence.