Goritsy, Russia

Dive into the medieval atmosphere of this extraordinarily picturesque tiny river town of Goritsy, one of the most tranquil places in Russia. Today, cruise ships dock here on their way between St. Petersburg and Moscow, but in times past, this picturesque village near Beloozero was set in the center of one of the largest accumulations of Russian monasteries.

The famous Russian writer Andrey Muraviov called Goritsy the “Russian Northern Thebais,” an analogy for the Egyptian desert where early Christian hermits made their cells. This poetic comparison reflects Goritsy’s numerous monasteries and the deep spiritual life of local monks even today. Even on a short visit, Goritsy’s atmosphere has a powerful effect.