Kazan Raifa Monastery

Cultural & Theme Tours in Russia

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During the excursion with a private guide and a car you will get to know the amazing history of The Virgin Monastery of Raifa. It is located on the shore of the lake, surrounded by the protected forest. Kazan Raifa monastery is a masterpiece of architecture in the age-old pines "embrace".This extraordinary place was chosen specifically for future monks to lead a solitary life more than 400 years ago.
The name "Raifa" (Hebrew) is translated as "God kept." Indeed, it seems like the higher forces guard this monastery.The image of this shrine silhouettes quite clearly as a small stone church with the square basement and the entrance, which is slightly raised above the ground. In fact, it was a tower served as a place for worship and a shelter in the case of danger as well.The guide will tell you about the monastery origin, an exact copy of the Georgian Icon of the Mother of God, which is still considered to be the main shrine of the monastery since the seventeenth century.The singing of the church choir "Parable" and a leisurely walk along the lake shore will give you the special delight.

What’s included

  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Transport by private vehicle

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (recommended)
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