Alexander Nevsky Monastery

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Alexander Nevsky Monastery information

Location
St Petersburg , Russia
Address
Nevsky pr 179/2
Getting there
Metro: Ploshchad Aleksandra Nevskogo
More information
www.lavra.spb.ru
Prices
cemeteries admission R150, pantheon R100
Opening hours
grounds 6am-11pm (8am-9pm winter), churches 6am-9pm, cemeteries 9.30am-9pm (11am-4pm winter), pantheon 11am-5pm Tue & Wed, Fri-Sun
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The Alexander Nevsky Monastery – named for the patron saint of St Petersburg – is the city's most ancient and eminent monastery. Peter the Great made a mistake when he founded the Alexander Nevsky Monastery on this spot at the far end of Nevsky pr. He wrongly thought that this was where Alexander of Novgorod had beaten the Swedes in 1240. Nonetheless, in 1797 it became a lavra, the most senior grade of Russian Orthodox monasteries.

Today it is a working monastery that attracts the most devout believers – a revered and holy place – and the gravesite of some of Russia's most famous artistic figures. You can wander freely around most of the grounds, but you must buy tickets from the kiosk on your right after entering the main gates to enter the most important two graveyards.