Moscow: Side Trips

Sergiyev Posad

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Russia's spiritual epicenter is 90 km (56 miles) or an hour by train from Yaroslavsky Rail Terminal in Moscow. For hundreds of years, pilgrims have been flocking to the little town outside Moscow to see the old monasteries and bell towers. You should, too. The interiors of the churches are filled with gorgeous artwork. Make sure to pick up one of the long, thin, honey-colored candles when you enter the church; you don't want to feel left out. When you return to the 21st century, check out one of the cafés just across the street from the monastery. You'll find lots of traditional, Russian fare, including some very very strong vodka.

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