Alexander Nevsky Lavra, St. Petersburg

Gain some insight into the history of the Orthodox Church in Russia at Alexander Nevsky Lavra, situated on the Neva River in the heart of Saint Petersburg. Tsar Peter founded the monastery in 1710, in commemoration of Prince Alexander Nevsky's victory over Swedish forces on the Neva in 1240. Take photographs of the brightly colored and ornately decorated monastery buildings. Explore the opulent interiors of the remaining churches, and don't miss the Tikhvin cemetery, where many notable Russian composers and authors are buried, including Dostoyevsky, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. Make Alexander Nevsky Lavra a centerpiece of your St. Petersburg vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our St. Petersburg visit planner .
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  • resting in the hotel we were able to visit Lavra 1 January, went to church, prayed and bowed before the icons, lit candles. a walk in the Park.
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  • Alexander Nevskiy Lavra is open daily and is free to go in. There is Alexander Nevsky church, the monastery and the cemetery. We walked from Alexander Nevsky metro station.  more »
  • Here not only the monastery and the Church where I advise you to go put a candle or just look at the icons here next two cemeteries-here's their necessarily rendered! Because many famous bones buried there. And tombstones are gorgeous!
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  • A simple stop at the end of Nevsky prospekt. The church has finally been restored and is open. You must stop at their bakery, else your visit will have been wasted.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful serene monastery in the middle of the city. The main church is fantastic.
  • A hidden treasure in Saint Petersburg
  • So beautiful

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