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“Peaceful & beautiful”

Holy Trinity Alexander Nevskiy' Lavra
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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.
Reviewed 2 December 2012

The graveyard, although small, is a who's who of Russian history.... well worth your time to take a peaceful stroll through this compact yet scenic graveyard.

The adjacent church is also beautiful and holds daily services which are deeply moving, reagrdless of your religious affiliation. Currently the church is under construction but I still enjoyed my time inside.

2  Thank Midnightsolstice
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

the church itself is very beautiful and frequently visited by ordinary Russians. The cemetry around is reserved for the famous. If you look well, you'll find quite a few stones with the inscriptions of composers and writers. A magic place in Autumn & Winter

1  Thank Thomasvd
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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.

3  Thank Gtex78
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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.

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Reviewed 19 December 2011

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

1  Thank alferreira
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