Alexander Nevsky Lavra, St. Petersburg

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Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Gain some insight into the history of the Orthodox Church in Russia at Alexander Nevsky Lavra, situated on the Neva River in the heart of Saint Petersburg. Tsar Peter founded the monastery in 1710, in commemoration of Prince Alexander Nevsky's victory over Swedish forces on the Neva in 1240. Take photographs of the brightly colored and ornately decorated monastery buildings. Explore the opulent interiors of the remaining churches, and don't miss the Tikhvin cemetery, where many notable Russian composers and authors are buried, including Dostoyevsky, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. Make Alexander Nevsky Lavra a centerpiece of your St. Petersburg vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our St. Petersburg visit planner.
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  •  A wonderful place, away from the hustle and bustle of the center.  Alexander Nevsky Lavra is a particularly worshiped place. The holy relics of Alexander Nevsky are kept here. In addition to...  more »
  • Easy access by metro. Lovely grounds. Three cemeteries (one for scientists, one for artists/musicians, one free one for others). You can visit the church. There are little enclosed stands that...  more »
  • Very nice monastery at the top of Nevsky street. Walking to the monastery you will find entrance to two cemetery-museums with famous people buried there. Walking on you will go through a gate in a cemetery and in the middle is a monastery. You can buy lots of souvenirs, mostly iconography and books.
  • If you want to see the graves of famous Russians: Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, Moussorgsky, Lomonosov, etc... That's the place

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