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Alexander Nevsky Lavra, St. Petersburg

4.7
#72 of 132 in Historic Sites in St. Petersburg
Church Tourist Spot
Playful and colorful from the outside, elegant and ornate on the inside, Alexander Nevsky Lavra carries a wealth of historical significance and beauty. Founded in 1710, the massive monastery originally featured a wood construction completed in 1712. The current version was built in 1724, and in 1750 the institution was raised to the rank of a lavra, the most senior grade of Russian Orthodox churches. The monastery bears many architectural styles, including two Baroque churches and a majestic Neoclassical cathedral. When you tour the grounds, do not miss its famed cemetery, the final resting place of many famous Russians, including Tchaikovsky, Dostoevsky, and Glinka. Admission to the monastery itself is free but entry to the popular grave sites requires a fee. Put Alexander Nevsky Lavra at the forefront of your travel plans using our St. Petersburg family vacation planner.
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4.6
  • The Cathedral is in perfect condition. Not as busy as other places in city center (at least in April). It was mainly locals going to church. Interior is quite impressive  more »
  • This Catherdral you could take photos most of the day it's free to go in,it gets crowded at times but don't miss this beautiful Catherdral. The doors weigh 20 ton.  more »
  • This cathedral, and the surrounding monastery and graveyard area are hidden gems. It is at the other end of Nevsky Prospect from the Hermitage. The cathedral has a beautiful interior, and is a functio...  more »
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  • Nice to stroll around the complex. There wasn't that much to see, so a brief stop will do. Not a must-do for those with a tight itinerary.
  • A hidden treasure in Saint Petersburg
  • Beautiful serene monastery in the middle of the city. The main church is fantastic.
  • So beautiful
  • Amazing

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