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Churches in St. Sergius Lavra

Churches in St. Sergius Lavra

The picture from the "Russian Vatican" (Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra), which is located about 70 km on the North from the city. You can see here two beautiful churches built in defferrent times and styles of architecture. On the moment when I was taking several shots during excursion with my clients, several people with monk walked and talked nearby.

White color church on the background of this picture is the church in the name of St. Zosima and St. Sabbatius of the Solovets monastery. It was constructed in 1635-1638 by the cellarer of the monastery Alexander Bulatnikov, who had come to the Lavra from Solovets Monastery. Before Soviet revolution 1917, the building was used as a hospital for sick monks and as an almhouse for old and disabled ones.

The main church on this picture, in the middle (blue color), is the church in the name of Our Lady of Smolensk. Here is the story about it... On the outside wall of the monastery stone kitchen, constructed in the 15th century by the eminent Russian architect V.D. Yermolin, there was an icon of the Mother God "Our Lady of Smolensk", carved in stone. When in 1730 a monastery monk, whose arms had been twisted by rheumatism, was ardently praying in front of it, a miracle took place - he was cured of his desease. In honor of this miraculous healing the Smolenkaya Church was erected on the site of the kitchen by order of the Empress Elizabeth in 1746-1748. The money for the constructon was donated by Duke Razumovsky. The richly decorated miracle-working icon stood in the gilded carved iconostasis to the right of the Royal Gate. In 1920-1930 (after revolution) the iconostasis was lost. To replace it, the iconostasis from one of the distroyded Moscow churches was installed here in 1956. At present, the miracle-working icon "Our Lady of Smolensk" is at the local museum. A plaster copy of it, bigger in size, is in the altar recess outside the church...

Photo taken on 2005-12-19 at 13:34:37

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Brandon  Pelsmaeker Brandon Pelsmaeker
From: United States
Date: 2012-06-13 23:08:10

To my Guide Arthur

Throughout the last seven years I have spent a lot of time traveling to different parts of the world, exploring whenever and wherever I can in order to better appreciate the world around us. Several months ago I decided it was time to visit Russia and Moscow was one city that I have wanted to visit since I was in grade school, so the pressure to see and experience the Russian capital was on. After a series of random internet searches I found a guide that had good reviews and so I decided to send an email whereupon several days later Arthur Lookyanov replied with a detailed itinerary of sights to see and a very organized cost sheet that made everything concise and easy to understand. My tour to Moscow began in the early June, 2012 and was the last leg of a mini European tour that included Berlin, St. Petersburg, Chernobyl, Kiev and after a long delay navigating through customs I met Arthur at a Snack Time café area. Right from the start Arthur was on time, waited for my delayed entry and navigated the airport like it was his second home.
Throughout all of my three tours, Arthur was always on time, organized what we saw from beginning to end, allowed enough time to take as many pictures as one wanted with a break for lunch and made adjustments to the itinerary when it rained or crowds got in the way of our tour. When you sign for one of Arthur’s tours, you can rest assured he will not be sitting in his car texting while you navigate the Russian subway system because he will be there with you every step of the way regardless of weather, circumstance or Kremlin security. What is also a real bonus throughout his tours, it that Arthur brings along his very professional camera whereby taking pictures from his perspective therefore you get a second camera snapping shots to further enhance your Moscow experience. His energy to show the beauty of Moscow is immediately apparent because his knowledge about Russian history is overwhelming even for a professional historian and Arthur’s drive to make sure you get the best tour possible is without question what sets him apart from other tour operators. It is without reservation or doubt that when I return to Moscow Arthur Lookyanov will be my personal guide and photographer.

Brandon Pelsmaeker
Riverside, California