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Admire one of the most beautiful monasteries of the Republic of Tatarstan - Raifa monastery (4 hours)

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful monasteries of the Republic of Tatarstan. People from all parts of Russia come here to try the curative properties of the Raif spring, consecrated by the Patriarch of All Russia Alexis II and to bow before the Georgian icon of the Mother of God. This complex is located on the territory of the Volga-Kama Reserve, a unique natural complex. The monastery is active, founded in the 17th century, 20 years ago it was completely restored.

The Raifa Monastery is an active monastery surrounded by majestic churches and untouched nature. The cathedral in honour of the Georgian Icon of the Mother of God stores the main treasure of the monastery - an ancient miraculous copy of the shrine that gives healing to the sick. Nearby, you will also find the Trinity Cathedral as well as the cathedral which was consecrated in honour of the slain venerable Fathers in Raif and Sinai. The Sofia Church of the late 18th century is the smallest in Europe: only 7 people can fit inside the temple at any one time. 

The water in the spring is considered to have healing powers, which was confirmed as per the research investigations that took place in 1997 where experts proved that the water contains useful mineral properties, including silver. In winter, magnificent ice temples appear on the frozen lake. People from all over the world come here to breathe in the "crystal" air of an amazing place and to see the majestic architecture with their own eyes. 

The guide will tell you about the monastery origin, an exact copy of the Georgian Icon of the Mother of God, which is still considered to be the main shrine of the monastery since the seventeenth century.
The singing of the church choir “Parable” and a leisurely walk along the lake shore will give you the special delight.

Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 4 hours

Important info

Price includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking guide (other languages upon request)
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Not included
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Food and drinks
Departure and Return

Meeting location: Reception of your hotel 
End location: your hotel

Sights included in program

The Raifa Monastery of the Mother of God (Raifsky Bogoroditsky Monastery) is a monastery for men located in the Russian Diocese of Kazan. The monastery was established in 1613. in what is now the Republic of Tatarstan. Closed during the Soviet years, the property, in 1991, was the first monastery in the Diocese of Kazan and Mari to be returned to the Church of Russia. Restoration work began immediately. The monastery is the largest in the Diocese... Read more
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