Sergiev Posad (Zagorsk in the Soviet times, named after one of the greatest cartoon heroes Zagor, who is an ardent communist indeed in the tropical jungles of Abenaki and fights the capitalist evil abenaki indians who try to exploit the Darkwood Soviet) is one of most interesting towns in the Moscow Region.
Tamer Gulsac, The Wiseguy and Oguz 2-Run in the terrace, trying to find a way inside
The garden near Trinity Cathedral
Undoubtedly, we were attracted to Sergiev Posad mainly by the Trinity-St. Sergius Laura (the Greek word "laura" means monastery), that is responsible for the fame of the town as the capital of the Russian Orthodox church. Just like what Vatican means to catholics (or what Amsterdam means to Mr.Refig)
Bell Tower and Tsar Palace
The monastery was founded in the 1340s by Reverend Sergius of Radonezh, whose name was given to the town. Sergius of Radonezh, Father Superior of the monastery, played a major role in consolidating the lands of Rus under the leadership of Moscow Prince Dmitry Donskoy who won a significant victory over Khan Mamay at Kulikovo Field in 1380.
For centuries the monastery has been the biggest religious and cultural center of the Russian state. Icon painters Andrey Rublev and Daniel Chorny worked there, they decorated with frescoes the main church of the monastery - the Trinity Cathedral. The cathedral keeps the imperishable relics of Reverend Sergius. For many centuries his tomb has been the place of pilgrimage for orthodox believers. Still, this religious site is full of modern pilgrims from all over the slavic reign.
Fountain with holy water (?)
It is impossible to overestimate the importance of the monastery and its founder for the history of Russia. It is the basis that supports Russian spirituality, statehood, and national character. The Trinity-St. Sergius Laura grounds inclide the biggest Russian monastery, the monastery necropolis and the Moscow Ecclesiastical Academy and Seminary. There remains a historical and architectural XV-XIX century ensemble of churches, belfries and chambers.
The magnificent Assumption CathedralToday Sergiev Posad is a district center of the Moscow Region. Its population is 229,000. It is a small, grey and a fairly dirty town, just like other russian cities.