Orthodox Christian Private Tour of Moscow
It was the Orthodox monk Philotheus (Filofei) who called Moscow the Third Rome for the first time. "All the Christian kingdoms have come to an end and have converged in the single kingdom of our sovereign, " Philotheus wrote in one of the epistles. "Two Romes fell, a third stands, and there will not be a fourth one. " In the monk's view, Moscow remained the last bastion of the true faith.
This private tour acquaints tourists with the most important Christian shrines of Moscow and the history of Russian Orthodox Church that has always played an important role in the life of Russian Empire. These days its spiritual guidance is felt in many spheres of modern life.
The tour starts as a general city tour with more attention to religious side of life. A minivan will pick you up near your hotel, apartment, railway station, etc. You will visit Christ the Saviour Cathedral built in 1883 in the Byzantine-revival style. On our way to the cathedral you will see Russian Duma, the Bolshoi Theater, the KGB building in Lubyanka Square, a spectacular panorama of Kremlin Walls and other popular landmarks of Moscow. Our next destination is New Maiden (Novodevichy) Convent founded by Grand Duke Vasily III in the 1524 and New Maiden Cemetery. Our journey continues in the halls of icons of the State Tretyakov Gallery where you will see Our Lady of Vladimir destined to become the holy of holies of the Russian state. The tour ends in Red Square.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: A minivan will pick you up at your hotel, railway station, etc.
End location: The tour ends in Red Square.
Duration: 8 hours
Minivan for the first part of the day (4 hours), public transport or a walk after lunch.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1500 Roubles - This is a full day tour so tourists usually have a lunch break ( about 1000 -
1200 Roubles). The tour includes an excursion to the State Tretyakov Gallery. The price of the ticket is 500 Roubles per person.