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Travel Tips

Russia

Russia

St. Petersburg:
- The State Hermitage Museum, one of the most important museums of the world. Put together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Also icons of Old Russia, 13th - 17th century. www.hermitagemuseum.org  
- The Alexander Nevski Monastery, which is allowed to carry the name ‘lavra’ as one of the main monasteries of the Russian Orthodox Church.
 
Nizhny Novgorod:
- Novgorod State Art Museum, Upper Volgian Embankment, building 3, Nizhny Novgorod. De collectie bevat oude Russische iconen tot hedendaags werk, o.a. van F. S. Rokotov, K. P. Brullov, A. K. Savrasova, I. I. Shishkin, I. E. Repin, I. I. Levitan, F. A. Malyavin, K. A. Korovin, V. A. Serova, N. K. Rerikh, B. N. Kustodiev, M. F. Larionov, N. S. Goncharova, O. V. Rozanova, K. S. Malevich, V. V. Kandinsky. http://www.russianmuseums.info/M1558
 
Moscow:
- Tretyakov Gallery/Museum. The Gallery's collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists ranging in date from the 11th to the early 20th century who have made а contribution to the history of Russian art or been closely connected with it. The collection contains more than 150.000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists. Also icons. www.tretyakovgallery.ru 
- State Historical Museum. The museum holds a supremely rich collection of artifacts that tell the history of the Russian lands from the Paleolithic period to the present day. Also icons.
- The Museum of Russian Icon, 3, build. 1, Goncharnaya st., Moscow, is one of the largest collections of Eastern Christian art. www.russikona.ru (Ru, E)
- Andrei Rublyov Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art, 10, Andronevskaya Ploshad, on the territory of St. Andronicus Monastery of the Savior where presumably the grave of the great icon painter Andrei Rublev is located. Icons of the 14-19th centuries including works of Moscow, Novgorod, Tver and North Russian icon schools. The Museum also represents the fragments of religious monumental painting from the architectural ensembles of the 12-15th centuries as well as Old Russian wooden sculpture and unique works of decorative and applied art. The collection of the Old Russian books features books and manuscripts kept in the library of St. Andronicus Monastery and hand-written books of the 15-20th centuries. The pride of the Museum is the collection of the original frescoes of the 15-19th centuries and copies from church and monastery frescoes preserved in the unique religious architectural monuments of Russia of the 16-18th centuries.
- Museum Church of St Nicholas in Tolmachy,  9 M.Tolmachevsky Lane, Moscow. Open daily from 12.00 am to 04.00 pm; the Church is closed on Monday. 
- Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which was rebuilt between 1994 and 1997, after being destroyed by Stalin in 1931.
- Basiliuscathedral on the Red Square. 
 
Sergiev Possad (east of Moscow):
- The Trinity Monastery, which is allowed to carry the name ‘lavra’ as one of the main monasteries of the Russian Orthodox Church.

 
Pskov (close to the border of Estonia):
- The Petsjory-Holes monastery, also a ‘lavra’, one of the main monasteries in Russia.