Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra or Saint Alexander Nevsky Monastery was founded by Peter I of Russia in 1710 at the eastern end of the Nevsky Prospekt in Saint Petersburg supposing that that was the site of the Neva Battle in 1240 when Alexander Nevsky, a prince, defeated the Swedes; however, the battle actually took place about 12 miles (19 km) away from that site. "On April 5, 1713, in St. Petersburg, in the presence of Peter I, the wooden Church of the Annunciation was consecrated. This day is considered the official founding date of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra." (April 5, 1713 Gregorian was March 25 Julian, feast of the Annunciation.)
"The relics of St. Alexander Nevsky were solemnly transferred from Vladimir to the new capital of Russia September 12, 1724, by decree of Peter the Great." (In fact it was August 30 Julian, or September 10 Gregorian; however, since the Russian Orthodox Church still follows the Julian calendar, the transfer of the relics is still celebrated on August 30 Julian, which corresponds to September 12 Gregorian in the 20th–21st centuries.) Nevsky became patron of the newly founded Russian capital; however, the massive silver sarcophagus of St. Alexander Nevsky was relocated during Soviet times to the State Hermitage Museum where it remains (without the relics) today.
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Arthur Jenkin | Oct 13, 2017
A simple stop at the end of Nevsky prospekt. The church has finally been restored and is open. You must stop at their bakery, else your visit will have been wasted.
Helena Bourmault | Apr 24, 2017
Nice to stroll around the complex. There wasn't that much to see, so a brief stop will do. Not a must-do for those with a tight itinerary.
Michael Todd | Dec 28, 2015
Beautiful serene monastery in the middle of the city. The main church is fantastic.
Sa Pr | Jan 31, 2017
A hidden treasure in Saint Petersburg
Yu-Cheng Chang | Jan 2, 2017
Mohammad Ebrahimzadeh | Mar 2, 2018
So good but a little busy
Sophia S | Jun 11, 2018
Хамские агрессивные работники в пекарне и на входе в музей где продают билеты...сколько же агрессии в людях которые работают в таком месте... разочарованы.
Tuan dongchi | Jun 2, 2018
Jesper Bexkens | Jul 10, 2018
Beautiful place and rather authentic. Some of the staff are very friendly, others still use Soviet manners.
Óscar Nájera | Jun 21, 2018
Quite peaceful place
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