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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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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