Sergiev Posad

A beautiful ancient town on the hills around the Konchura River, Sergiev Posad has been one of the holiest places in Russia since the late 14th century due to its magnificent Trinity Lavra of St Sergius. Grand Prince Dmitry Donskoy prayed here before the final battle with the armies of the Golden Horde, Ivan the Terrible was baptised here, Peter the Great found shelter here during the Streltsy Uprising in 1698, Queen Elizabeth of Russia founded a seminary here and converted the monastery into a lavra. But not only the royalty favoured this place, Andrei Rublev painted the Trinity Cathedral on the territory of the lavra, Russian writers Alexander Kuprin and Mikhail Prishvin lived in Sergiev Posad and wrote about it, Mikhail Lermontov and Anton Chekhov visited it on various occasions. Rachmaninov and Shalyapin stayed and performed in this town.  Today, the Trinity Lavra is the largest monastery in Russia, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also an important stopover on the Golden Ring circuit connecting ancient Russian cities northeast of Moscow.

POPULATION103 444

DISTANCE FROM MOSCOW75 km

FOUNDED IN1347

UTC+3

See

Trinity Lavra of St Sergius

Toy Museum

Stable Yard Museum

Eat & Drink

Russky Dvorik

Landau Café

Sleep

Russky Dvorik Boutique Hotel

Get There
By Train:
The fastest and easiest way to get to Sergiev Posad is by train. Trains run from Yaroslavsky Railway Station in Moscow every 20-30min. The journey takes around 1h30min.

More comfortable and faster express trains called Sputnik run four times a day taking just over an hour to get to Sergiev Posad.
Get Around

The old part of Sergiev Posad where main attractions are located is quite small, and can be easily explored on foot. The railway and the bus stations are located 15min walk from the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius and the city centre.