New Jerusalem Monastery, Istra

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History Museum Museum
Take a short trip away from the bustling center of the city to visit New Jerusalem Monastery, a site that holds a special place in the history of the Russian Orthodox Church. The monastery dates back to the 17th century when Patriarch Nikon built it as a residence. He deliberately chose the location that reminded him of the Holy Land and made sure the design mimicked the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The monastery had a turbulent history, from ransacking during World War II to closing down under the communist regime, but today it again functions as a spiritual community. The monastery's surroundings give you the freedom to admire the architecture and religious art. Admission is free. Using our world travel planner, Istrinsky District attractions like New Jerusalem Monastery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Been in New Jerusalem a year ago, and now again. It has changed beyond recognition! They nearly finished the restoration, just the flowerbeds are left to do, the domes are shining, everything is tidy ...  more »
  • It's russian copy of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem The main church is now being restored. It will be open in summer 2016. It's a middle level attraction. Attraction is mainly popular w...  more »
  • An hour or so drive from Moscow, this is a nice day trip. There are a couple nice options in the area for lunch as well to close things out. Monastery is very nice, but still under reconstruction. Muc...  more »
  • Just beautiful!
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  • Came with friends on the tour. The first problem is the parking. An hour spent on it. Very little café. Eat with him should have been taken. Only in the evening bought into Istria (in the market) and normal food are on the track. What he saw was pleased, but the service is not.
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  • A beautiful temple. Purity. Incredible grace. People working at the Church of the ulybivye, tell you willingly.
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  • He visited a monastery since the early 80 's, saw and destroyed, and in an attempt to restore the SOVIET UNION, and when everything is not moving. Was familiar with the Museum's Director V.p. Novogorodcevym, now pohoronenym on the territory of the monastery. Remember the absolutely chilling cold in the Resurrection Cathedral in summer heat. And rare visitors to the Museum. Hope that will restore the monastery was not enough. And here he is, like Kitezh-Grad came out of nowhere. And most importantly restored prayer life. Thank God for everything.
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