No one builds a cathedral quite like the Russian Orthodox Church and The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is the granddaddy of them all. The cathedral in Sergiyev Posad is the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The monastery was founded in 1345 by one of the most venerated Russian saints, Sergius of Radonezh, who built a wooden church in honour of the Holy Trinity at the Makovets Hill. Sergius' numerous followers went on to found more than 400 cloisters all over Russia based on his template.
Most of the present cathedral was built in the 16th century. It is much larger than its model and namesake in the Moscow Kremlin.
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