Monastery in Istra

New Jerusalem Monastery

This grandiose complex was founded in 1656 near the picturesque Istra River (renamed the ‘Jordan’ by Patriarch Nikon). Unlike other Moscow monasteries, this one had no military use. The centrepiece is the Cathedral …
Museum in Istra

Museum of Wooden Architecture

Just outside the monastery’s north wall, the Moscow region’s outdoor architectural museum is a collection of picturesque peasant cottages and windmills set along the river. The museum keeps sporadic hours but the vi…
Museum in Istra

New Jerusalem Museum

The 'new' New Jersalem Museum is a modern, state-of-the-art museum, located across the river from the monastery. Exhibits draw on the hundreds of thousands of items in the monastery collections, including weapons, i…