Valdai: natural beauty and spiritual vision

William Brumfield, special to RBTH - 20/4/13 Just off the Moscow-St. Petersburg highway, Valdai today attracts visitors much as it did in the past – with its beautiful natural setting. Today, the road from Moscow to St. Petersburg is today an obstacle course but the road between Russia’s two capitals has occupied a distinctive place in Russia’s ...

Bringing Moscow spiritual authority to the North

23/3/13 William Brumfield, special to RBTH Once a bulwark of the Muscovite state in the Russian North, today the Savior Prilutsky Monastery is both a historical site and center of worship. The 14th century was critical in many ways for the formation of the Muscovite state that would become the center of Russia. One of the most important accomplishments ...

Orthodox monasteries return to glory

William Brumfield 20/10/2012 Few Orthodox monasteries in Russia can claim a more illustrious history than the one founded to the northwest of Moscow in 1479 by Saint Joseph Volotskii. Monasteries in Russia range from small retreats sequestered in virtually unknown locations to magnificent institutions such as the Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery, near Moscow, with its many churches filled with ...