North-east of Moscow lies a ring of cities which are referred to as the Golden Ring. One of the easiest accessible of these cities is Sergiev Possad. Like other cities it has been named differently in the past and went by the name Zagorsk before it changed to its current name Sergiev Posad. Apart from the monastery, the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, there is not much to do or see in Sergiev Posad. But the monastery is impressive and given its religious importance to Russia it is well worth to make the trip. Inside the monastery there are several small churches such as the St. Sergius church and SS Zosima and Savvaty church. The whole place takes you back into former Russian times (apart from the tourists) and you will see traditional orthodox priests walking around. Sergiev Posad is one of the most important places in Russia from a religious point of view. The most important religious centers were referred to as Lavra's and the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra is one of them. Opposite the main entrance there is a small hill and from there you will get the classic view of the monastery as seen on many postcards. Sergiev Posad can be easily reached from Moscow by train or bus which only takes about one hour. This makes this city very suitable as a day trip if you are in Moscow and want to get out of this busy city and see some of Russia's cultural past.
This Sergiev Posad photo gallery contains 16 travel pictures including the bell tower, the churches and its courtyards.