23 July 2014 – Wednesday: Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

We continue sailing this morning towards our next port-of-call.  There is a lecture on Russian History as we cruise the river.  We dock at Kuzino where Viking has built a replica of an early Viking fort.  We are entertained with a tongue-in-cheek historical skit before going to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery.  The monastery is the largest Orthodox Monastery in Europe.  The wall around the monastery is 3.5 miles in length.  At it’s peak it housed 300 monks and 300 soldiers, acting as both a monastery and a fort.  The monastery contains the largest collection of original 16th century Icons in Russia.  We also visit a local school.  Later tonight there will be a vodka tasting on board.

 

 

All the Best,

Wayne & Dianne

 

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