Saint Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra (Monastery) in St Peterburg, Russia

Saint Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra, or Saint Trinity Alexander Nevsky Monastery was founded by Peter The First (Peter The Great) in 1710. It is located on the embankment of Neva River where nowadays ends Nevsky Prospect (Avenue) of St Petersburg, Russia.

By the legend, in that part of Neva river at the 15th of July, 1240, was a famous Neva Battle under leadership of Prince Alexander Nevsky, where he defeated the Swedes. However, that battle actually took place about 12 miles (19km) away form where Alexander Nevsky Lavra is located now.

In 1797, the monastery was raised to the rank of lavra, making it only the third lavra in the Russian Orthodox Church that had that designation bestowed upon it, following only the Kiev Monastery of the Caves and the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius.

The monastery grounds contain two baroque churches, the Annunciation Church and the Feodorovskaya Church, designed by father and son Trezzini; the Neoclassical Holy Trinity Cathedral, built in 1778–1790 to a design by Ivan Starov and consecrated to the Holy Trinity; and numerous structures of lesser importance. It also contains the Lazarevskoe, Tikhvin, Nikolskoe, and Kazachye Cemeteries, where ornate tombs of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mikhail Lomonosov, Alexander Suvorov, Nikolay Karamzin, Modest Mussorgsky.

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Location: St Petersburg, Russia