Camp for pilgrims expected at the 700th anniversary service of St. Sergius to be built near Moscow

January 2014

In July this year, near the walls of Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in the Moscow region, a tent camp measuring 44 hectares will be built; it will accommodate 100,000 participants of the All-Russian Cross procession, dedicated to the 700th birth anniversary of St. Sergius of Radonezh, reports ITAR-TASS.

This was reported on January 9 by the vice-chairman of the Moscow region government Sergei Perov at the meeting in the Sergiyev Posad administration, devoted to the oncoming celebrations.

“The Cross procession will begin near the walls of the Varnitsky Stavropegic Monastery (of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius) in the Yaroslavl region, and on July 15-17 it will proceed to the territory of the Moscow region. About 100,000 people are expected to take part in this event,” he said.

“A tent camp for pilgrims with the total area of 44 hectares is to be set up on the territory, adjacent to Holy Trinity and St. Sergius Lavra… The leader of 700th anniversary celebrations workgroup of the President of the Russian Federation, the plenipotentiary representative of Vladimir Putin in the Central federal district Alexander Beglov will hold a special meeting on this issue late in January,” said Perov.

According to the Moscow region government’s vice-chairman, a huge park and ride will be arranged near the Lavra as well.