Located 50 miles north of Moscow, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity was built to commemorate the great service to the state of St.Sergius of Radonezh * revered by the Russian people for his spiritual gifts * who founded the monastery in 1354.

Here at St.Sergius' shrine, Moscow princes kissed the cross and swore to keep their promises and treaties.  This is also where they prayed before going to wars and on returning from them.

Today, it is one of the main centers of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians. Icons inside the Holy Trinity Cathedral were painted by the most famous  Russian icon painters, Andrey Rublev and Daniil Chorny.
When the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church was banned from living in Moscow by anti-religious Soviet authorities, he took up residence in the monastery. Today the monastery is part of a larger working religous complex, the Lavra, which includes the Cathedral of the Assumption (containing the tomb of Boris Godunov) and a major theological academy.


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