Bartholomew was a child who, despite his craving for knowledge, had a great learning problem and was not able to do the "o" with a gray hair. One day, he found a monk praying in the middle of the forest and explained his problem. He told him to pray, gave him blessed bread and worked the miracle. From then on, Bartholomew became a pro in everything related to human knowledge and ended up opting for the divine until he ended up living in the middle of the forest like a hermit monk named Sergio.
Sergio ended up becoming the patron saint of Russia and the creator of the Sergiev Posad monastery in 1340. Although there is much to visit in Moscow, we decided to go to the Sergiev Posad monastery (Сергиев Посад) on a full-day excursion.
With calm, we went to the Yaroslavsky vokzal station (Ярославский вокзал) and bought a train ticket to Sergiev Posad. It was not very clear if we had bought it one way and one way, but as soon as we reached the platform we realized that the commuter train to Aleksandrov (which also stops at Sergiev Posad) was about to leave, So we went up forgetting the subject.
In the hour and a half it took the train to reach the Sergiev Posad station, all kinds of street vendors were parading singing all kinds of excellences of the products they were trying to sell. From toys and harmonics to varied kitchen utensils, through electric defense guns.
The train station is about ten minutes walk from the Trinity monastery of San Sergio. The ecclesiastical complex is within some walls and once you pass through the door you can see hundreds of faithful going from one place to another in search of holy water, following the instructions of an orthodox monk during a guided tour or showing their respects to San Sergio buried in the Trinity Cathedral. In fact, the monastery is considered the most important point of the Orthodox faith.
The starry domes of the Assumption Cathedral They stand out above all the monastic set. It was commanded to build by Ivan the Terrible, the same as the Assumption Cathedral of the Kremlin, as a way to blow up the sky after killing his son in an outburst of anger. So it is not surprising that the Assumption Cathedral of Sergiev Posad has a more than reasonable resemblance to that of the Assumption of the Kremlin.
Around all of them extends a small Disneyworld of orthodoxy, in which you can buy all kinds of ecclesiastical paraphernalia. The interior of the churches is huge, but at that point I think my patience came to an end and the visit disappointed me quite a bit. Too many churches in such a short time.
With the bluf After the visit, we decided to return to Moscow to finish the afternoon there. Before boarding the train, we asked the box office how well we could if our ticket was round trip. We understood that yes and we left so happy. However, later, when the reviewer passed, he implied that we had not bought the ticket. I tried to explain that they had told us that it was correct, but she did not speak English and my poor knowledge of Russian did not allow me to formulate such a complex phrase. Luckily, as if from nowhere, two passengers who knew English came to our aid and explained the misunderstanding to the reviewer. We pay the ticket and follow our path.