Private Tour: Admire one of the most beautiful monasteries - Raifa monastery

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful monasteries of the Republic of Tatarstan. People from all parts of Russia come here to try the curative properties of the Raif spring, consecrated by the Patriarch of All Russia Alexis II and to bow before the Georgian icon of the Mother of God. This complex is located on the territory of the Volga-Kama Reserve, a unique natural complex. The monastery is active, founded in the 17th century, 20 years ago it was completely restored.

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  • What's included :
    • Hotel pick-up and drop off by private vehicle
    • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
    • Skip-the-line access
    • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
    • Entry/Admission - Raifa Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Cathedral of the Georgian Icon of Our Lady
    • Entry/Admission - Trinity Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - Sofia Church
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    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Any items or purchases of a personal nature are not included in the tour price.
    • Gratuities
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    Stop At: Raifa Monastery, Raifskiy Monastyr, 3, Raifa 422537 Russia

    The Raifa Monastery is an active monastery surrounded by majestic churches and untouched nature.

    The Raifa Monastery of the Mother of God (Raifsky Bogoroditsky Monastery) is a monastery for men located in the Russian Diocese of Kazan. The monastery was established in 1613. in what is now the Republic of Tatarstan. Closed during the Soviet years, the property, in 1991, was the first monastery in the Diocese of Kazan and Mari to be returned to the Church of Russia. Restoration work began immediately. The monastery is the largest in the Diocese of Kazan and Tatarstan.

    The guide will tell you about the monastery origin, an exact copy of the Georgian Icon of the Mother of God, which is still considered to be the main shrine of the monastery since the seventeenth century.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Cathedral of the Georgian Icon of Our Lady, Raifskiy Monastyr, 1, Raifa 422537 Russia

    The second biggest cathedral of the monastery was sanctified in the name of the miraculous icon of the Virgin of Georgia which is the main shrine of the Raifa monastery. At present the cathedral is completely restored and the decorative works are being finished. Before it was closed in 1930 the glory of the Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery was so great and its main shrine, the miraculous icon of the Virgin of Georgia was so revered and loved by people that even the Trinity Cathedral did not have enough room for all the believers and public prayers were held outside right in front of the temple. On the Trinity Day the icon was usually triumphantly moved to Kazan accompanied by a great multitude of believers and church leaders from all over Russia, and on July 31 it was brought back.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Trinity Cathedral, Raifskiy Monastyr, 2, Raifa 422537 Russia

    In the middle of the monastery there is a magnificent Trinity Cathedral built by an architect Malinovski in 1904-10. It is a wonderful example of ancient Russian architecture viewed from a modern perspective. The temple resembles Moscow churches of the XVIIth century.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Sofia Church, Raifskiy Monastyr, 7, Raifa 422537 Russia

    The Sofia Church of the late 18th century is the smallest in Europe: only 7 people can fit inside the temple at any one time.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Raifa Lake, Raifa Russia

    The singing of the church choir “Parable” and a leisurely walk along the lake shore will give you the special delight.

    The water in the spring is considered to have healing powers, which was confirmed as per the research investigations that took place in 1997 where experts proved that the water contains useful mineral properties, including silver. In winter, magnificent ice temples appear on the frozen lake. People from all over the world come here to breathe in the "crystal" air of an amazing place and to see the majestic architecture with their own eyes.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Meeting location: Reception of your hotel End location: your hotel
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A headscarf is advised for women
    • Duration of the excursion is approximate and may vary according to local conditions
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Activity ID: V-7772P117

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