Alexander Nevsky Lavra
The Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra was established by Peter the Great as the first and the largest monastery of St Petersburg in 1710. It was given the title of “Lavra” which means the monastery of the highest rank in 1797.
The monastery is famous for its four historical cemeteries which are themselves the monuments of the 18th and 19th centuries. St Petersburg‘s aristocracy and the most outstanding people were buried there, including Dostoevsky and Tchaykovsky.
The Lavra is still one of the most important monasteries of Russia. In 1922 the remains of St. Alexander Nevsky, one of the patrons of St. Petersburg, were taken away by the Bolsheviks and were brought back to the Lavra just in 1989. Nowadays the Lavra as previously represents the remains in its Holy Trinity Cathedral. The complex of the monastery is also known as the part of the Museum of the City Sculpture.
The tour around the sights of the Lavra is really picturesque and is rich in history.