The Yuriev monastery


Monasteries serve as a stronghold of the Orthodox faith on Russian soil. Each monastery has its own unique history and for thousands of tourists, pilgrims and those simply seeking an escape from their busy everyday lives these places truly are holy. The most remote and hidden monasteries, some of which are even hard to reach, were built by people with no interest in a connection with the outside world, only in their connection with God.

Monasteries serve as a stronghold of the Orthodox faith on Russian soil. Each monastery has its own unique history and for thousands of tourists, pilgrims and those simply seeking an escape from their busy everyday lives these places truly are holy. The most remote and hidden monasteries, some of which are even hard to reach, were built by people with no interest in a connection with the outside world, only in their connection with God. The peaceful environment of such places seems to be protected by nature itself. Other spiritual centres, on the contrary, were built by those who sought to be heard by the masses — no one other than the rulers of the Russian State. Such monasteries then became a solid foundation of princely power and their superiors played an active role in local political life. One such institution is the St. George Monastery. RTG TV host Alexander Uvarov visited the old monastery where he had the chance to discover some of its history and learn what life is like there today.