Goritsy

Goritsy and its surroundings are definitely a site to see for anyone with an interest in Russian history. The only way for a foreign traveler to get to Goritsy is along the river, between St. Petersburg and Moscow. While touring here, visitors seem to forget reality under the influence of the medieval atmosphere of this town and the area. It is the place of deep spiritual life of monks and of many ancient monasteries. Goritsy is a tiny settlement on the bank of the Sheksna River. The Goritsy Convent of Resurrection is located nearby on the Sheksna banks as well. The idyllic view of the monastery is especially perfect in quiet waters when observed from the ship. This convent was founded in 1544. It suffered several times in history, but now it is an active nunnery. Goritsy survived during WWII because there were no battles here. The front line stopped some 200 kilometers from it. The main attraction of the city, the Monastery of St. Cyril of the White Lake, is located 7 kilometers away from Goritsy. It is one of the oldest and most famous monasteries in Russia. It dates back to the 14th century, and is home to one of the most exquisite icon collections in the world. In the 16th century, the monastery was the second richest landowner in Russia.