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“Come to see acting monastery and graves of past time celebrities”

Holy Trinity Alexander Nevskiy' Lavra
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This beautiful monastery complex contains cemeteries where many of Russia's greatest literary and cultural figures are buried.
Reviewed July 24, 2012

You visit the old cemeteries first, one corner is populated by famous composers of this land. Put a flower on Dostoevsky's grave. Buy yourself a meal in the pilgrim's buffet or bread baked on the premises. Visit working church.

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Reviewed December 18, 2011

The niciest thing about it is that still working, with many people going in to pray

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Reviewed April 2, 2009

We went to the Alexander Nevsky monastery complex especially to see visit the Tikhvin Cemetery and see the graves of Dostoyevsky and the Russian composers. Although there is a map in the cemetery and in several guidebooks, it was not always obvious which grave was which and I now realise that we actually got some of them wrong! The guidebook we used didn't even tell us that Borodin was there and we thought that particular grave belonged to Rimsky Korsakov! So, in order to find the main names, this is what you should do:

When you go through the entrance turn right and follow the path in an anti-clockwise direction . You very quickly come to Dostoyevsky (his grave is surrounded by low railings and his bearded bust is fairly obvious). Continue anti-clockwise following the outside wall of the cemetery. The four big composers are pretty much in a row, along the edge of the cemetery – first you come to Rimsky Korsakov (a pale-coloured medieval cross inset with religious icons, with a low circular of stones surrounding it), next is Mussorgsky (a simple stone showing his head surrounded by a wreath and with a star above it), then Borodin (music from Prince Igor is written on a gilded mosaic behind his bust) and lastly Tchaikovsky (the largest, with an angel with tall wings, a tall cross above his bust and someone seated reading beside him). If you then turn your back on all those and walk a little way towards the centre you will find Glinka’s grave (with Mrs Glinka’s matching one beside it!).
(page 202/3 of the Rough Guide has a reasonable map and descriptions and I double- checked before writing the above by googling Images of ‘Borodin’s grave’, etc.

The cemetery is not very big. It looked fantastic covered in snow when we were there in february– there was nobody except for us, a security guard and cats playing in the snow. A useful tip – when you come out of the cemetery and cross the little bridge through in to the monastery complex there is a public toilet on your right just through the arch! We also found Trinity Cathedral (no charge) itself very atomospheric.

We got to the monastery by catching the metro to Ploshchad Alexander Nevsko. If you leave the metro via the correct exit (II as opposed to I) which we did quite by chance, you just need to follow the pavement round to the right – I seem to recall there was tall white wall and you can see tree tops and I think the monastery roof over the wall.

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