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“An interesting and pleasant cemetery”

Holy Trinity Alexander Nevskiy' Lavra
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Private Half Day St Petersburg City Tour including visit to the Russian Museum
Ranked #51 of 1,781 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This beautiful monastery complex contains cemeteries where many of Russia's greatest literary and cultural figures are buried.
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“An interesting and pleasant cemetery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2012

We like to visit cemeteries on our trips when we can. One usually visits cemeteries for the people buried there (Buddy Holly's grave in Lubbock Texas) or the grounds and tombs (Cimiterio Monumentale in Milan, Italy) and the perfect combination of both (the Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston). This small cemetery is more for the people buried there but the grounds and many of the tombs are still striking. We generally followed the tips of isleofwightseagull (see below) We came by the Green (3) Line, which most people will probably use). Exit at Ploshchad Aleksandra and go to the II exit. This station is at the intersection of two subway lines, the Green or 3 line, and the yellow or 2 line. If you took the green line walk to the yellow or 2 line to what would be the entrance for that line. This is the II exit. As you leave this station trend to the right. You will see signs, most don't refer to the cemetery but to sculptures. There will be a clear path/road to the right. You will come to a ticket kiosk for two cemeteries. There are separate admissions so be sure you go to the one you want, which is the Cemetery of the Notables/Greats. isleofwightseagull's commentary on locations is accurate, but do make notes of your own. There are tombs of people who may interest you that he does not mention and you are left with a photograph of a person/place that really interested you and you get home without any memory of why.
You can visit the other cemetery (across the narrow street) and the Nevsky Monastery (less than fifty meters/yards) down the road if you choose. Our visit came toward the end of a long day so we chose to skip them. If these places interest you then by all means check them out.

Visited August 2012
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“Come to see acting monastery and graves of past time celebrities”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

You visit the old cemeteries first, one corner is populated by famous composers of this land. Put a flower on Dostoevsky's grave. Buy yourself a meal in the pilgrim's buffet or bread baked on the premises. Visit working church.

Visited July 2012
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“Impressive place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2011

The niciest thing about it is that still working, with many people going in to pray

Visited December 2011
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“Finding the Graves in the Tikhvin Cemetery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2009

We went to the Alexander Nevsky monastery complex especially to see visit the Tikhvin Cemetery and see the graves of Dostoyevsky and the Russian composers. Although there is a map in the cemetery and in several guidebooks, it was not always obvious which grave was which and I now realise that we actually got some of them wrong! The guidebook we used didn't even tell us that Borodin was there and we thought that particular grave belonged to Rimsky Korsakov! So, in order to find the main names, this is what you should do:

When you go through the entrance turn right and follow the path in an anti-clockwise direction . You very quickly come to Dostoyevsky (his grave is surrounded by low railings and his bearded bust is fairly obvious). Continue anti-clockwise following the outside wall of the cemetery. The four big composers are pretty much in a row, along the edge of the cemetery – first you come to Rimsky Korsakov (a pale-coloured medieval cross inset with religious icons, with a low circular of stones surrounding it), next is Mussorgsky (a simple stone showing his head surrounded by a wreath and with a star above it), then Borodin (music from Prince Igor is written on a gilded mosaic behind his bust) and lastly Tchaikovsky (the largest, with an angel with tall wings, a tall cross above his bust and someone seated reading beside him). If you then turn your back on all those and walk a little way towards the centre you will find Glinka’s grave (with Mrs Glinka’s matching one beside it!).
(page 202/3 of the Rough Guide has a reasonable map and descriptions and I double- checked before writing the above by googling Images of ‘Borodin’s grave’, etc.

The cemetery is not very big. It looked fantastic covered in snow when we were there in february– there was nobody except for us, a security guard and cats playing in the snow. A useful tip – when you come out of the cemetery and cross the little bridge through in to the monastery complex there is a public toilet on your right just through the arch! We also found Trinity Cathedral (no charge) itself very atomospheric.

We got to the monastery by catching the metro to Ploshchad Alexander Nevsko. If you leave the metro via the correct exit (II as opposed to I) which we did quite by chance, you just need to follow the pavement round to the right – I seem to recall there was tall white wall and you can see tree tops and I think the monastery roof over the wall.

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