It’s unlikely that a simple boy Bartholomew from Rostov, who settled in a dense forest with a wish to serve God, knew what will come out of his idea. That a wooden church will turn into cathedral and a small monastery –into the majestic Trinity-Sergius Lavra. Although he probably had a hunch, because they rightly say that the Lord reveals to his holy transcendent knowledge. And Bartholomew was one of the greatest Russian Orthodox saints.
The Man of Faith
With ordination Bartholomew took a new name – Sergius. Soon everyone was calling him Sergius of Radonezh, after the village of Radonezh. Sergius prayed and worked a lot, for which he received the gift of working miracles, healing and seeing the future. In his lifetime the monk became famous; people visited the monastery in swarms to ask for his advice. He founded several monasteries, and his pupils – more than 40 throughout Russia. Today the most respected and largest monastery in Russia is the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius.
The Great Lavra
Lavra is the historical center of Sergiev Posad. The city is on the famous route “The Golden Ring of Russia.”
Lavra buildings are the masterpieces of Russian architecture; they are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Especially beautiful are white-stone Trinity Cathedral with frescos by famous iconographers Andrei Rublev and Daniil Cherny and Assumption Cathedral, built on the model of the Kremlin, which hosts the largest Russian bell (72 tons).
A Birthplace of Matryoshka Doll
Reverend often gifted local kids with hand-made wooden toys. Now Sergiev Posad is the center of traditional Russian wooden toys. The famous Russian matryoshka doll was born here.
2014 is a memorable year for Sergiev Posad – 700 years ago its patron saint – St. Sergius of Radonezh was born.
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