If you want to have a rest in the open, far from civilization, but don’t want to spend several hours flying to Siberia, then Karelian region is just what you need. It has won-derful opportunities for eco tourism, most beautiful northern landscapes: pine woods, numer-ous lakes and rivers with islands. All Karelian lakes are dotted with hundreds of islands, lend-ing them the special beauty. As a rule, the shores of the lakes and rivers are rocky, and eve-rywhere you can see cliffs and skerries, as well as huge boulders, overgrown with mosses, in a word, severe northern beauty can be seen everywhere
St. Trinity Pskov Caves Monastery is often called the Lavra, which stresses its significance for the Russian Orthodox Church (officially, there are only two Lavras in Russia – Trinity-Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad and Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg). The monastery was founded in 1473
One of the main cities of the Golden Ring located 72 km from Moscow
Village Diveevo, located in Nizhniy Novgorod region, became one of the centers of Russian Orthodox Church
The small monastery of Optyna Pustyn is on the outskirts of the city of Kozelsk in Tula Region. The religious significance of this monastery is very high both for Russian Orthodox Church and the people of Russia
The most important spiritual centers of Russia are Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra, where the rel-ics of Sergiy Radonezhsky are kept and Serafimo-Diveevsky Monastery where the relics of Seraphim Sarovsky are kept
One of the sacred places of Russian Orthodox Church, the Chapel of Xenia the Blessed at Smolensk Cemetery, is in Vasilyevsky Island of St. Peters-burg. One can get to it from Vasilyevsky Island Metro Station
The relics of St. Peter and Fevronya are kept in the small mo-nastery located in the center of the ancient city of Murom. In Russia they were always consi-dered to be the patrons of Family and Marriage. The day of Peter and Fevronya, July, 8th, was celebrated as the Day of the Beloved in Russia until 1917 (then St. Valentine`s Day wasn’t celebrated)
Solovetsky Islands are in the center of the White Sea in the north of Russia. There located one of the most important spiritual centers of Russia, the patriarchal Solovetsky Monastery of the Transfiguration of Our Savior
Stavropegial Convent of St. John`s was founded by John of Kronshtadt in 1900. The convent is located on the bank of the river Karpovka near Petrograd Metro Station. The name of stavropegial means that the convent is directly subjected to the Patriarch