Global Treasures Sergijev Posad Russia
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Around seventy kilometres north of Moscow is Sergijev Posad, a monastery city
named after its founder, Sergij Radoneschkij. During the fourteenth century
one of the main centres of the Russian Orthodox Church was established
The complex resembles a fortress. Eight fortified towers and a high wall
assured protection against attack by the Tartars, Lithuanians, Swedes and
Poles. In the centre of the monastery town is Uspenskij Sobor Cathedral
that was built under the command of Ivan The Fourth, also known as “the
Terrible”, in 1554.
The monastery’s Holy Spring was said to possess healing powers. The
Zirborium was built in the seventeenth century above the spring. It is very
colourful, rich in decoration and has a playful kind of splendour.
Alexander Pushkin once said: "We owe our history to the monks and
consequently we also have our culture.” Indeed, although the monastery city
of Sergijev Posad features an array of fascinating Russian architecture of
bygone times, it is more than just a monument. It is a lively sanctuary of
the Russian Orthodox Church.