The Trinity Laura
Sometimes it’s great when all of a sudden your road takes an unexpected turn and plans change. Especially if they change for the best. One day I was thinking about several options of how to spend the weekend and the next day there was an alternative I could not resist. Thus I found myself in a bus full of 30+ elderly Austrians who came all the way from their country to have a quick look at Moscow and its surroundings before leaving for Novgorod and St. Petersburg. The bus painted with colorful butterflies took us to Sergiyev Posad situated about 70 km to the north-east of the capital.
Sergiev Posad is a city famous for its Laura of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius. A city where I’ve never been before which is ironic (since it is an hour’s ride) albeit quite usual. We didn’t have much time to have a look at the city. So the only thing I saw was the Laura. It’s very impressive. Everything is refurbished, bright, and clean. Other pictures of the Laura I took are with people, for the monastery was filled with pilgrims, tourists, beggars, monks and local workers.
The monastery of the 14th century named after the famous saint Sergiy Radonezhskiy is the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Laura of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius houses a seminary, a museum of history, and guards many famous icons, monuments of antiquity and a huge library of religious literature. The monastery currently is home to over 300 monks. In 1993 the Laura was inscribed on the UN World Heritage List
The word “laura” or “lavra” means monastery, the term originates from the Greek for “a passage” or “an alley”.