MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
November 29, 2021, 07:02
Press Service of Mosturizm
The path to the Trinity-Sergius Lavra is one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in Russia. Today it is also interesting for tourists and sportsmen.
One of the oldest and most beautiful routes for travelers leads from Moscow to Sergiev Posad, to the Trinity-Sergius Lavra. Pilgrimages there by Orthodox Christians and clergy began in the XIV century, they were made by both nobility and ordinary people. This was the path along which they went first to the Monk Sergius of Radonezh, and later to the Trinity Church of the Lavra. In memory of the fact that the monk did not ride horses, they crossed the road on foot.
After almost 700 years, this path has attracted not only believers, but also tourists and athletes. The most popular is the route, which additionally includes visits to various attractions both in Moscow and in the cities of the Moscow region. Its length is almost 120 kilometers, 23 kilometers of which pass along the streets of the capital. It takes three to five days to cover the entire path on foot. On a bicycle, this distance can be covered in an average of two days.
To make it easier for pilgrims, tourists and athletes to plan their trip, special signs were installed in the city along the “Road to Lavra” route. Previously, such signs were found only on the territory of the Moscow region. Initiated by Moscow Tourism Committee they also appeared in the capital.
Each of the signs has a QR code that leads to the page of the same name of the digital travel service Russpass… It contains information about the history of the origin of the pilgrimage route to the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, as well as a detailed map and a travel letter – a memorable document for the pilgrim, which can be printed. It is customary to mark the visit to each church in the charter, and you can also get it in the Iverskaya chapel on Red Square, at the very beginning of the route.
The Moscow part of the trip passes through the territory of the Central and North-Eastern administrative districts. To date, 66 navigation signs have been installed in Moscow. Soon 90 more will be added to them. They will show the way to the Moscow Ring Road.
The route starts in the historical center of the city, near the building of the State Historical Museum on Manezhnaya Square. It is there that the zero kilometer is located. Further, the road goes to the north-east. On the way to the lavra, you can visit many attractions – temples, museums, palaces and monuments. Travelers will have to walk along one of the oldest streets in Moscow – Nikolskaya, and walk along the Boulevard Ring. The guides advise you to stay near the temple of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God in Alekseevsky (Prospect Mira, house 130). It was here that the traveling palace was previously located, in which the Russian tsars and emperors made their first stop when they made a pilgrimage to the Trinity-Sergius Lavra. It has not survived at present. But such a stop will become a tribute to tradition.
Russpass will help to make your trip rich and informative without the help of a guide. For example, the service has an additional route “From Moscow to Sergiev Posad: Following the Footsteps of the Ancient Road”, which is slightly different from the historical pilgrimage and offers additional visits to a number of attractions.
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