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Alexander Nevsky Lavra Monastery
Alexander Nevsky Lavra Monastery

Alexander Nevsky Lavra Monastery

Closed Thursdays
1 Pl. Alexandra Nevskovo, St. Petersburg, 191167

The Basics

The Alexander Nevsky Lavra Monastery is one of only four lavra—the highest order of an Orthodox monastery—in Russia. As such, it features in many sightseeing tours around St. Petersburg. Admission to the grounds is free, but certain sections, like the cemeteries, charge a separate admission fee. Tickets can be purchased at a ticket desk just inside the arched entrance gate.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Alexander Nevsky Lavra Monastery is a must-visit for history buffs.
  • Give yourself at least 1.5 hours to tour the complex, including the cemeteries.
  • The monastery is an active place of worship, so remember to dress appropriately and keep your voice down.
  • Cemetery maps are available from the ticket desk.
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How to Get There

The Alexander Nevsky Monastery is accessible by taking the metro to Ploshchad Alexandra Nevskovo.

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Trip ideas

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When to Get There

The monastery grounds are open daily from 6am to 8pm, while the cathedrals and churches are only open from Friday to Wednesday.

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Wildcard

Cemetery of Masters of Art The Lazarus and Tikhvin Cemeteries, together known as the Cemetery of Masters of Art, serves as the final resting place for many of Russia’s greatest figures. As you’re touring the grounds, you might spot the graves of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Mikhail Lomonosov, known as the father of Russian science.*

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