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I am fond of traveling by water and at first I didn’t expect anything extraordinary in my trip by the river Volga. But I was mistaken, this river cruise was something unforgettable, an incredible experience I had never had before. I was sure that we would admire just the ship, floating along the river bank, and observe the local landscape. Indeed, the program surprised me on the board and after the disembarking: we had an excellently planned tour around the historic places of the cities, interesting video presentations on the most significant moments in the history of old Russia. My trip was worth passing it through!
Founded in 1397 by Saint Cyril, throughout its history it was visited by tsars seeking forgiveness for their sins and hoping to store their many treasures in the safety of the monasteries huge walls. Many priceless relics remain in the monastery including some of the earliest pieces of Russian religious writings and 500 year old icons painted by the Russian master Dionysius
the Wise. The village of Goritsy itself is populated by just 600 people, who live in traditional painted wooden izbas, or log cabins and continue to make a living through fishing and farming. Walking around the peaceful back roads of the village reveals dozens of beautiful houses decorated with intricate wooden carvings and the chance to buy local crafts and homemade snacks.