Sergiev Posad is obviously a town that deserves a special visit. Despite incredible number of old towns in Moscow Region, Sergiev Posad is the only one of them that is always included in the famous Golden Ring excursions. The major point of attraction here is Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, the largest orthodox men's monastery in Russia.
Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius (a Lavra is the highest rank of Orthodox monastery, and there are only four in all Russia) is located in the center of Sergiev Posad of the Moscow Region, on River Konchura. The monastery was founded in 1337 by Saint Sergius of Radonezh, a 14th century monk from Rostov whose pious, ascetic existence attracted numerous followers to the hermit's retreat he had established in the forests around Moscow. Inside the Cathedral there is a silver shrine containing the relics of St. Sergii, and an iconostasis with many works by Andrei Rublev. Numerous architectural constructions Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius were built by the country’s best architects of the 15th -19th centuries. The monastery ensemble includes more than 50 buildings of different functions.