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View on Nikolo-Ugresha

View on Nikolo-Ugresha

Here is another view from the hill at the village Ostrov on a beautiful monastery, called Nikolaevsky-Ugreshsky.

In 1380 Moscow's Grand Prince, Dmitry Donskoy, experienced a vision of St. Nicholas on his way to the famous Battle of Kulikovo and is reputed to have called out in ecstasy "ugresha" (this sets my heart aflame) and founded a monastery on the very spot. Of course, I have some interesting pictures from inside this amazing monastery and I am going to tell you more history about it a bit later.

Nowadays, it is located in downtown of industrial city, Dzerzhinsky, named at the beginning of Soviet times by the name of the head of secret police of USSR, Felix Dzerzhinsky. It is also located not far from the World's biggest heat power plant and, believe me, the such contrast of architecture makes it even more attractive, amazing.

From this hill, where I took this picture using telephoto lenses and tripod, in Medieval times, Ivan the Terrible enjoyed hunting expeditions and pilgrimages to this monastery on the opposite bank of Moskva-Reka (on this picture the river is hidden by first rows of the trees after wide fields in the middle). Oh, almost forgot to tell you, when we spoke with artist (restorer)of Transfiguration chirch, which located on this hill, he told us that it was (partly survived) a secret tunnel underground between the church and this monastery specially built for Ivan the Terrible. He told us that somewhere here it could be hidden some papers and treasures of the famous tsar in a case of rebellion, revolt.

Photo taken on 2006-05-23 at 11:26:09

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Alexandra Dworak Alexandra Dworak
From: Vienna, Austria
Date: 2008-05-14 03:05:24

Wir hatten einen wundervollen Urlaub in Moskau. Unsere Kinder waren ebenso begeistert von Arthur wie auch wir. Er ist uns zu einem wirklichen Freund geworden und das in nur 2,5 Tagen. Jeder auch nur kleinste Wunsch wurde uns von den Augen abgelesen. Selbst die Autoabschleppgeschichte hat er perfekt gelöst.

In dieser kurzen Zeit bekamen wir einen großartigen Eindruck von Moskau und ganz besonders ich (Alex)habe mich in Moskau verliebt. Über Arthur kann man noch viel sagen: er ist immer pünktlich, vorbereitet, geschichtlich versiert und er ist ein wirklich netter angenehmer Begleiter, man fühlt sich wohl in seiner Nähe.
Danke für unseren schönen Aufenthalt in Moskau.
Mit ganz lieben Grüßen
Alexandra & Rupert
Victor & Jana

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( in English) We had marvellous holydays in Moskow. We and our children were overwhelmed by the friendly nature of Arhtur. In this 2,5 days he became a real friend to us. Even our smallest desires where read from our eyes. Even the story with the car was solved by him the best way.

In this short time we where deeply impressed and especially me (Alex), I felt in love with Moskow. About Arthur you can say a lot: he is punctual, prepared, historical well informed and he is a nice and pleasant accompanist, you can feel really comfortable with him around.
Thank you for our wonderful stay in Moskow, we will come again.
Wish you all the best and stay as you are
Alexandra & Rupert
Victor & Jana