Goritsy, place of various monasteries
The river cruise from Moscow to Saint Petersburg allows our guests to take the longest channel in the world that connects Lake Onega in the North with the withholding of Rybinsk on the Volga in the South. This channel is a huge hydraulic system consisting of 25 dams and reservoirs, with seven locks for navigating the Sheksna, the Kovja, the White Lake, the channel of the water division and the channel Vyterga.
Coming from Moscow, and before crossing the White Lake, the cruise in Russia with Rivages du Monde makes a stop in Goritsy, a village on the left bank of the Cheksna. Here you are in the heart of Russia, in the Russian countryside with its Isbas, small wooden houses surrounded by their beautiful gardens. From the ship you can see the Resurrection Monastery, located on the river bank, which dates from the sixteen century. Almost derelict, it comes back to life, due to the devotion of strong believers.
There is another monastery that you will visit by going to Kirillov: discover the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake or Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery, situated 8 km from Goritsy.
After a pleasant journey along a narrow path through the forest of birches and rowans, the huge Monastery of St. Cyril of White Lake stands at the end of a long straight road, protected by a fence of 2 km long, composed of high walls, flanked by impressive towers.
Founded by the Archimandrite Cyril Belozersky at the end of the XIV century on the Lake Siverskoie, this Monastery was the richest in Russia in the eighteenth century. Inside the fence of 13 30 acres, the Monastery Ivanov accommodates ten monks who live the North-East of the sanctuary. The oldest part is the Monastery of the Dormition which occupies the southern half of the Monastery. Visitors can admire the iconostasis of the Church of Saint John Climacus, built in 1572, near the Church, the Treasury Room which displays icons of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as embroidery of gold, enamels of Rostov, the bells and hand bells, religious portraits.
The splendid Palace-Museum of Archimandrite is endowed with 200 icons of the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including 33 icons of the Dormition Cathedral, burial place of Russian princes.