Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra


Founded by Peter the Great in 1710, this orthodox monastery is the most important in St. Petersburg

Alexander Nevsky Laura is an Orthodox monastery at the eastern end of Nevsky Prospekt. It is the first and the largest monastery of the city. The place for the construction of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery was personally chosen by the Emperor Peter I in 1710. It was previously assumed that in this very spot Alexander Nevsky had defeated the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva in 1240. In 1713 the first wooden church of the future monastery - the Annunciation church - was laid upon the project of D.Trezzini. On the territory of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery there are several famous cemeteries where the members of the royal family, government and public figures, representatives of culture and art, are buried.

In 1723 Peter I ordered to move the relics of Prince Alexander Nevsky from Vladimir to the new monastery. They arrived in St. Petersburg in 1724, and a new holiday - the Translation of the relics of Prince Alexander - was added to the calendar of the Russian Church. St. Alexander Nevsky, along with Peter I, is one of the patrons of St. Petersburg.

Petersburg patron saints

This route will get you acquainted with patron saints of St.Petersburg – Alexander Nevsky, Xenia the Blessed, John of Kronshradt

4 h

Petersburg monasteries and convents

The route will guide you through the history of a monkery, monasteries and convents in Saint Petersburg. 

4 h

Night cruise-conсert

• live music on board

• dance hits of the 21st century

• 5 drawbridges on the way

• double-deck boat

• open and closed decks

Alexander Nevsky - the heavenly patron of St. Petersburg

The route introduces the main places in the center of St. Petersburg, reminiscent of Alexander Nevsky

4 h

The path of Alexander Nevsky

The beginning of the excursion route is in the center of St. Petersburg, where tourists will get acquainted with the history of the square, as well as visit the Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra.  The route will end with a visit to the Church of Alexander Nevsky in Ust-Izhora.

4 h
  • Address: St. Petersburg, Monastyrka river embankment, 1
  • Phone Number: +7 (812) 274-11-13
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