New Jerusalem Monastery was built at the end of the seventeenth century, the impressive Cathedral of Resurrection was based on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Sergiev Posad – is known for its famous Trinity Monastery of Saint Sergiy, the Monastery was founded in 1345 and in 1744 was given the highest rank of Lavra. At present it is the most popular place of pilgrimage for Russian Orthodox people. There are ancient churches and cathedrals on the grounds of Lavra such as Cathedral of the Trinity built in 1422 and famous for the icons painted by Andrei Rublev, Cathedral of the Assumption built at the end of the sixteenth century on the orders of Ivan the Terrible, the Church of the Holy Sirit built in 1476 and many other archtecturally and historically important buildings.
Suzdal – The first reference to Suzdal was made in the chronicle in 1024 in connection with the peasants’ uprising, which spread “throughout the land”. Suzdal is a museum town. Its best monuments – the Kremlin, the monastery of Our Saviour and St. Euthimius and the Museum of Wooden Architecture.
Vladimir is over one thousand years old. It was founded by Vladimir, Prince of Kiev, on the high bank of the Klyazma river at the end of the 10th century. At the beginning of the 12th century the city was fortified by Prince Vladimir Monomakh.
Veliky Novgorod is one of the most ancient cities of Russia located in its North-West as a town it was formed in the middle of the 10th century. The adoption of Christianity at the close of the tenth century turned Novgorod into a powerful ecclesiastical center. Novgorod was one of Russia’s major centers of literacy and book production. Its architectural traditions, school of icon-painting, jeweler’s and decorative applied art became famous all over the world.