16 century Convent
Trip Start May 01, 2009
21Trip End May 22, 2009
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Today I head out of Moscow to visit Sergiev Posad. This the origin of the Russian Orthodoxy founded by St. Sergius of Radonezh in 1340 , and the pilgrims still travel to this place to pay homage to St. Sergius. The monastary was shut down by the Bolsheviks, it reopened after WW II as a museum and home of patriarch.
Getting to Sergiev Posad by train is a different story. First I have to navigate my way through the train station and then figuring out what my ticket says in Russian. Although I know the Cryillic alphabet, the ticket just don't say what platform it leaves at and the right platform says the Final destination but not really where I want to go. So I asked around, this lady told me Alexandrovsky will the final station and get on that train will be fine. It is also rough with 20 million people smoking all at the same time on the platform. I finally got on the train in oder to relax.....what a relief.
The Convent is part of Russian Golden Ring where the ancient Rus grew up as the Russian empire expands to its present day size. I went into a fountain where a chapel is build around it. Then I took a few photos before I head on over back to Moscow for Pushkin's fine art Museum. This museum is filled with Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman as well as Art works from the Renassaince period. The most impressive item for me were the sculptures. I am impressed to see Michaelangelo's David and the Aphrodites statues her, not in Italy....may be they are replicas?
On the way back from the museum I was too tired and fell asleep to miss my station, no problem, just hop off and take the opposite bound metro back. The Russian Metro is so efficient that 1 runs every 2-3 minutes. The people walking on and off the metro is similar to New York city, on and off. The crowds can get quite overwhelming .Feels like I can get stepped over.....