Road to the Lavra: navigation signs of the historical path appear in Moscow

December 5, 2021
Municipal services

One of the oldest and most beautiful itineraries for travellers leads from Moscow to Sergiev Posad, to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. Pilgrimages there by Orthodox Christians and clergymen began in the 14th century, and were made by both the aristocrats and ordinary people. This was the path that led first to St. Sergius of Radonezh and later to the Lavra's Trinity Cathedral. In memory of the fact that the saint did not ride horses, the road was crossed on foot.

After almost 700 years, this path attracts not only religious people, but also tourists and sportsmen. The most popular route, which additionally includes visits to various attractions, both in Moscow and in the cities near Moscow. Its length is almost 120 kilometers, 23 kilometers of which cross the streets of the capital. It takes three to five days to complete the entire distance on foot. This distance can be cycled in an average of two days.

To make it easier for pilgrims, tourists, and sportsmen to plan their journey, the city installed special signs on the route Path to the Lavra. Previously, such signs could only be found on the territory of the Moscow region. On the initiative of the Moscow Tourism Committee, they also appeared in the capital.

At each of the signs there is a QR code, which leads to the same name page of the Russpass digital tourist service. It contains information about the history of the origins of the pilgrimage route to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, as well as a detailed map and a Travel certificate, which is a memorable document for the pilgrim and can be printed out. It is custom to mark a visit to each church in the certificate. You can also obtain it at the Saint Iberian’s Chapel on Red Square, at the very beginning of the path.

In Moscow, the journey passes through the Central and Northeastern Administrative Districts. At present there are 66 navigation signs installed in Moscow. Soon 90 more will be added to them. They will point the way to the Moscow Ring Road.

The route begins in the historic center of the city, near the building of the State Historical Museum on Manezhnaya Square. Exactly where the zero kilometer is. Then the way goes to the northeast. On the way to the Lavra you can visit many attractions - churches, museums, palaces and monuments. Travellers will pass through one of the oldest streets of Moscow - Nikolskaya, and walk along the Boulevard Ring. Tour guides advise to stop near the Church of the Tikhvin Mother of God icon in Alekseevsky (Prospekt Mira, 130). This is where the palace used to be, where Russian tsars and emperors made their first stop when they made a pilgrimage to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. At present it no longer exists. But such a stop would be a tribute to tradition.

Russpass helps to make the trip interesting and informative without a guide. For example, the service has an additional itinerary "From Moscow to Sergiev Posad: in the footsteps of the ancient road", which is slightly different from the historical pilgrimage route and offers additional visits to a number of attractions.


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