St. Sergius, the founder of the Holy Trinity Lavra, was born of wealthy Rostov boyars on May 3, 1314. On the fortieth day the local priest baptized the child, naming him Bartholomew. From his childhood he grew accustomed to solitude. Sought his salvation through prayer, fasting and work.
In 1337, at the age of 23, after his parents’ death, he decided to leave for the desert together with his elder brother Stephen. The brothers chose to found their hermitage in a clearing surrounded by thick forest on a low hill. Later called Makovets (a term often used to indicate the top of a hill). They built for themselves a cell and a small church, which they dedicated to the Lifegiving Trinity. That was the birth of the monastery, which later served as a source of pride and inspiration to the people of Russia.
The life of a hermit was very difficult and required a good deal of perseverance and will. Stephen could not take the rigours of winter and the scarcity of food. He preferred life in an urban monastery and left Bartholomew for Moscow.
For about two years Bartholomew remained alone in the desert, and in silence and prayer he prepared himself for his monastic vows. After taking them with the name of Sergius, he lived even more austere ascetic life in solitude, reading the Bible, working in his garden and unceasingly praying.
Despite the distance of his hermitage, word concerning the exemplary ascetic life of St. Sergius soon spread everywhere and pious monks began coming to him in search of guidance. Later farmers and city dwellers used to come from all over for St. Sergius` blessing and advice and the n settled in the area of the monastery. The Mongol yoke, which weighed heavily on the country, caused its ruin and forced people to leave the most exposed regions and seek refuge in the wilderness.
We invite you to make a pilgrimage to the Gethsemane-Chernigov skete.
Founded in 1845-1850. three kilometers to the south-east of the monastery, the monastery did not yield to it according to the number of pilgrims. A special attraction is provided to him by caves in which, at a depth of 6.5 meters in the cells dug by their own hands, lived the monks. The cells were of different sizes, the smallest one was a meter in width and two with a little in length. The food was delivered to the monks by brothers who lived in the Brotherhood Corps at the top. Due to harsh living conditions, monks were allowed to stay in underground cells for no more than 4 years. All this can be seen, as well as hearing an exciting story, during the excursion
Most of the buildings were preserved, representing in aggregate a unique ensemble of monuments of the "Russian style" of the turn of the XIX-XX century.
On excursion you will get acquainted with the sacred objects located on the territory of the monastery; their history is inextricably linked with the abode and memory of St. Sergius and his holy disciples. Gethsemane-Chernigov monastery - the place of asceticism of St. Barnabas of Gethsemane, Blessed Philip and other saints of God.
You can collect water in the monastery source, admire the beauty of the surroundings and, of course, try traditional monastic bakery, which is famous for its taste.
Duration of the tour is 40 minutes. Travel time from the Lavra 15 min.
A trip to the source of St. Sergius of Radonezh "Gremyachy Klyuch"
Trip to the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius
14 kilometers from the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius there is a miraculous source of St. Sergius of Radonezh known as the "Gremyachy Klyuch". Over the years thousands people have sought to get here to drink holy water, dip into a beautiful carved font, go to the temple, breathe in fresh curative air and feel a surge of mental and physical strength. Trip to the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius
It is here, in the silence of nature, in the streams of the source, that you can feel that invisible connection with the Monk Sergius and with that far time when he offered his prayers to the Lord.
It was here, according to his holy prayers, the Lord showed his miracle - on the slope of a high hill streams of living water were jammed. And to this day, everyone who comes with faith to this holy spring receives healing from this water.
Route of the trip: Lavra - Gremyachy Key - Lavra
Duration: 2.5 hours
Trip to Gethsemane Chernigov Skete and the Paraclete
Trip to Holy place in Russia
Three kilometers from the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is the Gethsemane Chernigov Skeet, an amazingly beautiful place in which the secluded Skeet atmosphere, the special architecture of the church and the bell tower, as well as the cave temple with the holy spring and cave monastic cells rare for Russian monastic tradition are combined.
A little farther from Skeet there is the Paraclete (the Holy Spirit of the Comforter), in which in the 19th century individual monks of Skeet sought even greater silence and seclusion.
• Route of the trip: Lavra - Gethsemane Chernigov Skeet - Paraclete - Lavra.
• Group size: up to 8 people.
• Duration of the trip: 2 hours
• Cost of the trip: 2500 rubles. (from the group), the price includes excursion and transport
• Conditions: Travel is made daily, from 10:00 to 16:20, by appointment.
You will find an interesting story about the history of the hermitages, a tour of the caves, as well as you can collect water in an underground source and attach to the shrines: The Wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God "Chernigov Gethsemane", the relics of the Monk Barnabas of Gethsemane, the stone from the grave of the Virgin from the Garden of Gethsemane. At the request of the group, it is also possible to visit the Spaso-Bethan monastery, founded in 1783 by Metropolitan Platon (Levshin).
Sightseeing tour of the Holy Trinity Sergius Lavra with a visit to the three main temples
Tour to the Holy Trinity Sergius Lavra
A sightseeing tour of the Holy Trinity Sergius Lavra will introduce you to the shrines. Architecture and sights of one of the most famous Russian monasteries, the largest center of Russian spiritual culture and enlightenment.
You will learn about the life of the founder of the monastery - one of the most revered Russian saints, St. Sergius of Radonezh. You will get acquainted with the history of the monastery. Connected with the key events of the history of our Motherland and with the names of the most famous figures of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian state.
You will see a unique, centuries-old architectural ensemble of the Lavra. You will see the white-stone Trinity Cathedral (1422) - a masterpiece of Russian architecture, the oldest of the buildings preserved on the territory of the monastery. In the cathedral rest the imperishable relics of St. Sergius of Radonezh. The ancient iconostasis of the Trinity Cathedral preserves the icons of the letter of the Rev. Andrei Rublev and his disciples. Defeat the greatness of the Assumption Cathedral (1559-1585), created by order and the contribution of the Tsar Ivan the Terrible and the model of the Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin. Visit the temple in honor of St. Sergius with the Refectory Chamber (1686-1692), in which you will see a well-preserved interior made in the Moscow Baroque style, as well as one of the most beautiful carved iconostases of Russia (1688).
Excursions are held daily from 9 to 18 hours in the summer and from 9 to 17 hours in the winter (from November 11 to April 30).