General information about Sergiev Posad
Sergiev Posad isthe religious center of the Golden Ring of the Russian cities. The city grew around the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. It’s the most important Russian monastery, founded by Sergius of Radonezh, a Russian spiritual leader and saint. Filming in Sergiev Posad requires permits from the Russian Orthodox church authorities.
The city is located 52 km northeast from Moscow, 610 km southeast from Saint-Petersburg. In Sergiev Posad, you can film the religious life of Russia. The city is famous mainly for its temples and sacred places. In additiona it is the center of pilgrimage for people from all over the country.
The Trinity Lavra consists of several churches built throughout more than seven centuries. The largest and most notable of them is the Cathedral of the Assumption – a majestic five-domed temple, with gold and blue domes. It’s decorated with frescoes by the artists belonging to the local icon painting school. Next to the temple, there is a small picturesque chapel with carvings.
The oldest church of the monastery is the Trinity Cathedral. THe legend is that Sergius of Radonezh himself and his disciples built it. This temple is a rare example of medieval white-stone Moscow architecture, and originally had frescoes made by the greatest icon painters of XV c., Andrei Rublev and Daniil Chyorny.
Key locations for filming in Sergiev Posad
The Gateway Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist looks almost defiant in comparison to the surrounding white-stone churches: built in the XVII c. by the Stroganovs, a wealthy count family, this Baroque temple attracts the eye with its renewed vivid colors.
Chernigovsky skete, an underground temple with frescoes, is part of the monastery as well. It is located on the outskirts of the city. A large bell tower in the Russian style dating from late XIX century rises above the entrance to the underground chambers. FilmspbTV fixers can help you get all the permits necessary for filming on the territory of the monastery and the adjacent temples.
Another key location of the region is the Gremyachy waterfall, a kind of a sacred source with a small wooden church nearby. This scenic place is very popular among locals: they go there to pray and to spend time in a picturesque natural setting. A chain of water springs with wooden stairs offers a glimpse into the practices of both pilgrims and local people who arrive to the place so that to feel their belonging to Orthodox spirituality.
Interesting locations nearby
In 1862, a railroad connected Moscow and Sergiev Posad. This railway is still in use. In the 1910s, there were plans to extend the path towards Uglich. The station building is in Trekhselishche, since not far from this village was the Troitsky ammunition factory. Now, the impressive red-brick neo-gothic style station rises among the tree, abandoned and mysterious.
When filming in Sergiev Posad – it’s also wotrh visiting the nearby town Krasnozavodsk. This city was initially built as the Troitsky factory worker’s settlement. Being an impressive example of constructivist architecture, it dramatically contrasts with Sergiyev Posad. Krasnozavodsk epitomizes a Russian industrial town and contributes greatly to our image of the Russian province. Our local fixers can help you with filming here the historically accurate pre-revolutionary Russia with its traditional activities and the quiet religious life in Sergiyev Posad as well as the early Soviet years in Krasnozavodsk.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for filming on the Golden Ring with all the required filming permits.