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The word lavra in Russian is reserved for a monastery of the highest order, of which there are just four in all of Russia and Ukraine. Full review →
The reason most visitors come to this complex is for its two cemeteries, which hold the remains of some of Russia's leading cultural figures. Full review →The ticket desk is just inside the arched entrance; ask for a map of the cemeteries.
A working monastery that attracts the most devout believers – a revered and holy place – and the gravesite of some of Russia's most famous artistic figures. Full review →
This monastery, given the highest title in Orthodox monasticism of lavra, was a tribute by Peter the Great to Prince Alexander Nevsky, who defeated the Swedes on this spot in 1240. Full review →