Goritsy is definitely a site to see for anyone with an interest in Russian history. It is situated in a tiny farming settlement, and is highly regarded as a charming and prime example of rural Russian life. Two of Goritsy's sacred sites are especially famous: the Kirillo-Belozerskiy Monastery and the Goritsy Convent. The 14th-century monastery was once used as a fortress to protect Russia’s nobility during the Times of Troubles. During the Soviet period, it was turned into a labor camp, but in recent years it has returned to its original use. The convent also suffered neglect and decay, but has been restored to something out of a fairytale. We’ll visit a local school and traditional house to get a real feel for the daily life in the village before returning on board.
Length: Approx. 3 hours
- The order of the visits can change.
- Hours are given for guidance only
- Some churches, cathedrals and sacred sites have required dress codes: Long pants for men, and a skirt and a head scarf for women.
- Shorts, t-shirts and hats are prohibited.
- Most cathedrals and churches have regular worship services, and we cannot guarantee tours or visits during these services or during religious holidays.