A glimpse at the Holy Land in New Jerusalem Monastery

Have a look at the the New Jerusalem Monastery, the Russian prototype of the Holy Land.

Practical information

Website: http://www.museum-newjerusalem.ru/

Address: Moscow oblast, Istra city,

Novo-Ierusalimskaya naberezhnaya 1

How to get there by car: Volokolamskoye or

Novorizhskoye highways, about 45 km from MKAD,

through the city of Istra

By bus: #372 from "Tushinskaya" metro station

to "Istra" stop, exit at the "Museum" stop 

Open: Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (in winter)

Daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (in summer)

Closed: Mondays and the last Friday of the month

The New Jerusalem Monastery was founded in 1656 by Patriarch Nikon. Its design is based on the famous Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem. Nikon had intended to build a series of holy places in the Moscow suburb of Istra that would resemble the sacred sites of Palestine. The Patriarch lived for eight years in the monastery, devoting all his energy to the construction so that Russians would have a chance to familiarize themselves with the Passion of Christ without needing to take a long and expensive journey to the Middle East.

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