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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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Date: 2019-06-13 13:48:53

When we arrived Domodedowo Airport we were warmly welcomed by Arthur. From this moment he gave us the feeling of being friends. We spent a half day tour to the Kremlin, visited all important churches and saw a very impressive Military Parade. After that we visited the Armoury and as a highlight the breathtaking Diamond Fund.
In the evening we did the fantastic tour "Moscow at night" what was amazing.
Then we had a two-days tour to wonderful cities alongside the Golden Ring especially Suzdal, Rostov Velikij and also Sergijev Possad. On all these tours Arthur was an excellent guide who knew everything and explained clear and distinctly in a very good English. As he is also a very highly professional photographer he knows all best spots for beautiful pictures and for that he had to have a lot of patience for us (and sometimes us for him). He is also a perfect driver with a good and clean car and drove very carefully.
Beside them all he was also priceless helpful as we had some troubles with the owner of our apartment who forgot to do our registration and was not able to speak only one word except Russian.
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