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Riverine Based Religious Tourism Circuit

Last updated on October 3, 2023 by ClearIAS Team

Riverine Based Religious Tourism Circuit

Riverine Based Religious Tourism Circuit is a scheme to connect seven religious places on the Brahmaputra. The idea is aimed at promoting riverine tourism along the river Brahmaputra. Read here to know more about the sites selected for the scheme.

The central government and Assam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting riverine tourism along the river Brahmaputra.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Guwahati, Assam for the development of a ‘Riverine Based Religious Tourism Circuit’ among Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Sagarmala Development Corporation Limited (SDCL), Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) and Department of Inland Waterways Transport (DIWT), Government of Assam.

The MoU is set to open a new chapter in riverine tourism in Assam and provide numerous developmental aspects to the state as well.

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The Riverine Based Religious Tourism Circuit proposes to connect seven historic temples Kamakhya, Pandunath, Ashwaklanta, Doul Govinda, Umananda, Chakreshwar, and Auniati Satra on the banks of the Brahmaputra.

  • The MoU will facilitate a modern ferry service on a ‘Hop On Hop Off’ among seven historic religious sites around Guwahati.
  • The project, executed via a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), is likely to be completed with an investment of ₹45 crores and will be completed within 12 months.
  • The immense potential of inland waterways is being unlocked through such an initiative.

The development of the Riverine Based Tourism Circuit is a huge shot in the arm of the tourism sector in Assam.

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Circuit proposes to connect seven historic temples Kamakhya, Pandunath, Ashwaklanta, Doul Govinda, Umananda, Chakreshwar, and Auniati Satra on the banks of the Brahmaputra.

Kamakhya Temple

  • It is located atop Nilachal Hill in the western section of the Assamese metropolis of Guwahati.
  • One of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India, it is also one of the oldest.
  • Individual temples devoted to each of the 10 Mahavidyas are located all around the main temple- Kali, Tara, Sodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi, and Kamalatmika are some examples of female deities.
  • It serves as the focal point of the Indian Tantrik Shaktism cult.
  • The Ambubachi Mela, an annual celebration, draws thousands of tantric worshippers to this temple since it is the epicenter of Tantra worship.
  • The Manasha Puja is another yearly event.

Pandunath Temple

  • Pandu Nagari is a place in Guwahati named after Maharaja Pandu during the Mahabharata period.
  • Maharaj Pandu was the father of the five Pandavas. This place is famous as the Pandunath Temple in the Tila Hills of the city.
  • The five Ganesha idols meet here, leading the five Pandavas. The five brothers are believed to have taken refuge here as Ganesha during exile.

Ashwaklanta Temple

  • Ashwaklanta temple, which is situated at Majgaon in North Guwahati, has a long history on its own.
  • It was constructed during the reign of Ahom king Swargadeo Siva Singha in 1720 CE on the ruins of stone artifacts from the ninth to the twelfth centuries, and as such offers a great window into a lengthy period.
  • On the property, there are two temples, both of which are devoted to Lord Vishnu.
  • The temple has a distinct personality of its own because of the presence of two Lord Vishnu statues. According to folklore, Lord Krishna’s horses were weary and slept here, giving the location its name.

Doul Govinda Temple

  • Doul Govinda Temple is one of the important temples of Kamrup, Assam.
  • It is situated on the northern banks, on the foothills of Chandra Bharati hill at Rajaduar, North Guwahati.
  • The temple is mainly devoted to Lord Krishna.

Umananda Temple

  • The Umananda temple, located on Peacock Island, is one of the important temples of Guwahati.
  • Situated in the middle of River Brahmaputra, this temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. During the festival of Shivratri, every year, a large number of devotees visit this temple.
  • On instructions from King Gadadhar Singh of the Tai-Ahom dynasty, the temple was constructed in 1694 CE by Bar Phukan Garhganya Handique.
  • There are plenty of engravings and sculptures that adorn the rock walls of this temple. These engravings and sculptures depict the craftsmanship of the local Assamese artisans.

Chakreshwar Temple

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  • The well-known Lord Vishnu temple Chakreshwar Temple is located in Guwahati city not far from Kamakhya Temple.
  • The Lord Vishnu’s Chakra (weapon) imprint naturally incised into a large rock is the temple’s specialty.

Auniati Satra

  • Sri Sri Auniati Satra occupied the highest position amongst the various Satras of Assam in the eyes of the Ahom Kings.
  • The slightly elevated land of Majuli, where this Satra was established, was full of Auni Paan (a kind of betel creeper plant). Ati means elevated place. There the name Auniati Satra came into being.
  • The idol which receives daily worship in the Satra Temple (Manikuta) is the idol of Lord Krishna called Govinda.
  • This idol was originally brought from Jagannath Kshetra (Puri, Orissa) and installed there with all the Vedic religious rituals.

Significance of Riverine Tourism

Rivers are a significant source of tourism because they offer breathtaking scenery, recreational opportunities, a mode of transportation, a feeling of history and adventure, and connections to the environment and natural world.

In India, which is the land of many rivers, river tourism holds much potential as a form of sustainable tourism.

  • With activities like cruises and rafting vacations, river tourism makes up a sizeable share of global tourism consumption and is therefore an economically significant sector of travel that requires in-depth examination.
  • From a variety of angles, including usage, heritage, management, environmental issues, and marketing, river tourism is sought to be profitable for the development of the region.
  • The inland waterways have exemplified how transformation can be achieved via transportation.
  • The promotion of river tourism can help in the preservation of the natural environment and cultural heritage of the region as well as add to the employment opportunities of the local population.

Way forward

India’s rivers, which are immensely revered by its populace, are one of its most distinguishing features. Indian rivers, which span a wide area of 328 million hectares, have contributed significantly to the development of India’s rural areas.

The various rivers of India are of considerable value in India since they have a greater significance in the development of the country’s culture, economy, geography, and religion. They provide visitors with an excellent understanding of India’s history, culture, and traditions.

Religious tourism will get a boost as the tourists will enjoy the rich spiritual heritage of Guwahati via Riverine Based Religious Tourism Circuit. The Act East policy of the center is being reflected in major developmental projects across the northeast region.

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Context: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed to develop a ‘Riverine Based Religious Tourism Circuit’ in Northeast India, connecting seven historic temples along the Brahmaputra River.

  • Aim : The initiative aims to boost riverine tourism and strengthen the tourism sector in Assam. It also intends to establish a modern ferry service operating on a ‘Hop-On Hop-Off’ mode , allowing passengers to conveniently explore these spiritual landmarks.
  • Timeline : To be completed within 12 months
  • Finance : Funding will be shared between the Sagarmala Development Corporation Limited (SDCL), Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), and Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC).

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  The Brahmaputra River (source: Chemayungdung glacier ) originates in southwestern Tibet and shares its source area with the Indus and Satluj Rivers. It flows through a depression formed by the Indus-Tsangpo Structure Zone , cutting through the Himalayas and entering Arunachal Pradesh as the Dihang River . After merging with the Lohit and Dibang streams, it is known as the Brahmaputra . The river’s left bank is fed by the Dhansiri, Lohit, and Dibang Rivers, while the right bank receives the Subansiri, Kameng, Manas, and Sankosh Rivers.

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Uttar Pradesh to promote Prayagraj as global centre for religious tourism

: uttar pradesh government plans to promote prayagraj as a global religious and tourist centre after modelling it on the principles used to develop ancient vedic city, said officials.

: Uttar Pradesh government plans to promote Prayagraj as a global religious and tourist centre after modelling it on the principles used to develop ancient Vedic city, said officials.

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As part of the plan, number of infrastructural and developmental projects would be completed before the 2025 Mahakumbh, officials said.

The Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) plans to unveil an ‘integrated infrastructure development plan’ and an ‘integrated tourism master plan’ for the district. It also intends to take up riverfront development, including development of ghats at Sangam area along river Ganga and Yamuna also, an official said.

To develop 769.60 square kilometer area under PDA, the authorities have begun the process of appointing a consultant to prepare the vision plan and PDA officials have already floated a request for proposal (RFP) for this.

PDA superintending engineer, Rohit Khanna said the consultant would present a blueprint of the master plan, identifying projects for augmenting the socio-economic base of the city and generate employment for the local population through tourism, pilgrimage and other activities.

Some important projects include development of 12 Madhav Circuit, upgradation of Sangam area including river cleaning and dredging, developing riverfront and Ghat development on Sangam area, ropeway connecting Quila Ghat, Triveni Pushp and Saccha Baba Ghat, land development along ring road (besides Yamuna), restoration of water bodies of mythological and religious importance etc.

“Development of integrated tourism master plan is aimed at developing Prayagraj as ‘Teertharaj- a global tourist destination,” informed a PDA official associated with the project.

“The plan is to develop Prayagraj as international tourism hub while retaining and embellishing the regional cultural heritage and customs including iconic Kumbh and Magh melas. The mega plan would be prepared in such a way that it would visualise prospects of developing a religious tourism circuit by integrating with Varanasi, Ayodhya, Kaushambi, Gorakhpur, Shringverpuram etc,” the official said.

PDA also wants to prepare a blueprint of the regional transport infrastructure augmentation. “The consultant would suggest the projects that need to be developed for augmenting transportation, road, rail and air linkages for improvement in accessibility perspective,” officials said.

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Ayodhya, a city steeped in ancient history and revered as the birthplace of Lord Rama, is rapidly emerging as the next big spiritual tourism destination in India. With its rich cultural heritage, historic significance, and on-going developmental initiatives, Ayodhya is attracting pilgrims and tourists alike, positioning itself as a must-visit destination for those seeking a spiritual and cultural experience.

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Diving back in history

Ayodhya holds a special place in Hindu mythology as the birthplace of Lord Rama. The city is mentioned in ancient texts like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, adding to its historical and religious importance. The Ram Janmabhoomi, believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama, has been a focal point of religious and cultural debates for decades and has recently witnessed significant developments, contributing to Ayodhya’s prominence.

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The glory of Ram Mandir

The construction of the Ram Mandir, a grand temple dedicated to Lord Rama, has been a historic moment for Ayodhya. The temple complex is set to become a major pilgrimage site, attracting millions of devotees from across the country and the world. The intricate architecture and the spiritual ambience of the temple are expected to contribute to Ayodhya’s appeal as a spiritual tourism destination.

The city is also undergoing a cultural renaissance with the promotion of traditional arts, crafts, and music. Initiatives to showcase Ayodhya’s cultural heritage are being undertaken, including festivals, exhibitions, and cultural events that provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the city’s rich history and traditions.

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Development in full swing

Recognising the potential of Ayodhya as a spiritual tourism hub, the government has undertaken various developmental initiatives to enhance infrastructure and amenities. Improved transportation facilities, modern hotels, and other tourist-friendly services are being introduced to ensure a comfortable and enriching experience for visitors.

Ayodhya is also being developed as a smart city, incorporating technology to enhance connectivity and accessibility. These efforts aim to make Ayodhya not only a spiritual destination but also a model city for sustainable tourism.

Cultural and religious tourism circuit

Ayodhya’s strategic location makes it an integral part of the cultural and religious tourism circuit in India. Pilgrims and tourists visiting Varanasi, Prayagraj, and other nearby religious destinations can easily include Ayodhya in their itinerary, creating a comprehensive spiritual journey through the heart of India.

Ayodhya’s journey from a city of historical and religious importance to a vibrant spiritual tourism destination is marked by significant developments. The construction of the Ram Mandir, cultural renaissance, and focused developmental initiatives are transforming Ayodhya into a must-visit destination for those seeking a profound spiritual and cultural experience. As the city continues to evolve, Ayodhya is poised to play a pivotal role in India’s spiritual tourism landscape, inviting visitors to connect with its rich heritage and embrace the spiritual essence embedded in its ancient streets.

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Travel firms, hotels see a demand surge on pilgrimage circuit

Spiritual tourism is on a rise.

New Delhi: Traffic gridlocks notwithstanding, travellers have been visiting popular pilgrimage destinations across the country this year, with travel companies seeing a rise in demand ranging from 30% to 100% compared to the last summer season.

Despite the heat, this year's pilgrimage season has started strongly, with travellers heading to Ayodhya, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Uttarakhand, the Char Dham circuit, and Tirupati.

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Travel agency Thomas Cook (India) Ltd has witnessed a 100% increase in bookings over the last year for its Char Dham yatras, with growing interest among younger, millennial travellers. For them, the company has tailored a 'Pilgrimage Plus' offering, which combines temple visits with local experiences like cuisine trails and outdoor activities. It has also introduced aerial helicopter 'darshans' (view) for Adi Kailash and Om Parvat mountain peaks in Uttarakhand, in collaboration with the state's tourism board, which are already sold out for this summer.

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The surge of tourists has also prompted travel agencies and hotel companies to strengthen their offerings for religious and pilgrimage travel. For Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, which operates hotels like Park Inn in locations including Ayodhya, Bodh Gaya, Badrinath, Haridwar, Somnath, Junagarh, Mathura, Vrindavan, and Tirupati, this segment of the business will contribute significantly to its overall revenue, with about a 15% share coming from these locations.

However, Ajay Bakaya of Sarovar Hotels makes a clear distinction between religious and spiritual tourism. Spiritual tourism is not the same. It is led mainly by travellers who go to locations like Rishikesh etc. But from a religious standpoint, it is destinations like Ayodhya and Varanasi which, more recently, have shown "remarkable growth", he said.

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"Demand for religious destinations has always been huge. However, most people engaging in religious tourism are not seeking luxury but rather focus more on austerity. Thus, there's a bigger market for mid-market hotels and even more so for the lower end of the pyramid, which is under-supplied," said Bakaya.



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The hotel industry is projected to record a 7-9% revenue growth in FY25, underpinned largely by domestic leisure travel, including pilgrimage tourism among other factors, said data from ratings agency ICRA.

Earlier this month, Tata group-owned Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) signed a hotel in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, as a greenfield construction under its Gateway hotel brand with 160 rooms, while Sarovar Hotels & Resorts opened a Tulip Inn in the pilgrimage city of Shravasti, in the same state.

"We have noticed over the years that pilgrim tourism is impacted less by economic downturns than other segments, which we have particularly witnessed during and after the pandemic. In general, most spiritual/pilgrim destinations have been seeing an uptick, with our hotels in Haridwar, Katra, Rishikesh, Dwarka (Gujarat) etc. performing well. Further, with the Char Dham dates starting this month, we have witnessed growth in both occupancy and room rates in key markets like Dehradun (for Badrinath), Dwarka and Bhubaneswar (for Puri)," said Harleen Mehta, senior vice-president, sales, Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd.



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Online travel agency Yatra Online has seen a steady increase in the Char Dham pilgrims with a special focus on Ayodhya, and has recorded phenomenal numbers this year because of the novelty factor (the Ram temple in Ayodhya was inaugurated in January) and a general shortage of inventory. It said there are also no registration slots left for the Char Dham yatra. Other religious destinations like Tirupati, Vrindavan, Ujjain, and Amritsar have seen a jump, too. Badrinath, and Varanasi have been destinations with a strong footfall.



Slow recovery

According to the most recent data from the Union ministry of tourism, India had about 173.1 crore domestic tourists in 2022, growing 55% over 2021, but still below 2019, when the figures were 232.2 crore.

The story is no different in Uttar Pradesh. There are 24 flights operating from Ayodhya to other cities with some routes being serviced twice a week and others four times a week, including Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad. Interestingly, while it is still early days for Ayodhya, the state's tourism board said it is Varanasi's Kashi Vishwanath temple that has the highest footfall among the religious tourism sites in Uttar Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh tourism, for instance, which has already surpassed its inbound tourist numbers of 2019 by about 2.3 crore visitors, saw a footfall of about 11 crore visitors in the calendar year of 2023. About 5.2 crore travellers visited Ujjain that year. Of the top ten most visited sites in the state, five were religious destinations - Ujjain, Maihar, Chitrakoot, Omkareshwar, and Salkanpur.

"Our focus has been on promoting religious tourism and enhancing tourism infrastructure, cultural heritage, and showcasing. This is driving the growth," said Shekhar Shukla, principal secretary, tourism and culture, and managing director of the state's tourism board.



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“Searches for spiritual destinations on our platform have surged by nearly 97% in the last two years. During this period, the contribution of spiritual tourism to our holiday business has steadily increased from 7% in 2022 to 10% in 2023 to over 13% in 2024. We have also observed significant y-o-y growth in the top spiritual destinations from 2023 to 2024. These destinations include Uttar Pradesh (Ayodhya and Varanasi) with a 110% growth, Uttarakhand (Char Dham, Haridwar, Rishikesh) with a 42% growth, Gujarat (Somnath and Dwarka) with a 37% growth, Tamil Nadu (Rameswaram), Andhra Pradesh (Tirupati) with a 19% growth, and Jammu and Kashmir (Katra) with a 12% growth," said Rajesh Magow, co-founder and group CEO of MakeMyTrip.

"In our pilgrimage offerings, 45% of bookings are from families, with most bookings coming from individuals aged 36-50 years, and the average trip typically lasts five nights. Given the rate at which spiritual tourism is growing in India, we expect more investments in hospitality and infrastructure. This surge in interest is not only enhancing business but also stimulating local economies, creating jobs, and promoting cultural heritage conservation," Magow added.

Since the inauguration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, there is an uptick in traffic of devotees looking to visit the temple, with the summer season seeing a 550% growth in searches for Ayodhya, said Booking.com which mainly relies on search data. Destinations like Ujjain saw a growth of 86%, Badrinath 40%, Varanasi and Shirdi 20% each.

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Theme based circuits are being developed on 15 themes under Swadesh Darshan Scheme 41 religious sites/cities are being developed under PRASHAD Scheme

The Ministry of Tourism has identified Adventure Tourism, Eco Tourism and Sustainable Tourism as some of the Niche Tourism Products to promote India including Assam and other North Eastern States as a year round destination and to attract tourists with specific interest for ensuring repeat visits for the unique products vis-à-vis competing destinations. In addition, adequate focus is also being accorded for development of religious and pilgrim tourism.

            Ministry of Tourism under its flagship schemes of Swadesh Darshan and National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) is giving due emphasis for development of tourism infrastructure and facilities. Under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, 15 themes have been identified for developing theme based circuits. These themes include Buddhist Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Desert Circuit, Eco Circuit, Heritage Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Krishna Circuit, North-East Circuit, Ramayana Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Sufi Circuit, Tirthankar Circuit, Tribal Circuit and Wildlife Circuit.

            Under the PRASHAD Scheme, 41 religious cities/sites in 25 States have been identified for development which are Amaravati and Srisailam (Andhra Pradesh), Kamakhya (Assam), Parasuram Kund (Lohit District, Arunachal Pradesh), Patna and Gaya (Bihar), Balmeshwari Devi Temple (Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh), Dwarka and Somnath (Gujarat), Gurudwara Nada Saheb (Panchkula, Haryana), Maa Chintpurni (Una, Himachal Pradesh), Hazratbal and Katra (Jammu & Kashmir), Deogarh and Parasnath (Jharkhand), Chamundeshwari Devi (Mysuru, Karnataka), Guruvayoor, St. Thomas International Shrine (Malayattoor) and Cheraman Juma Mosque (Thrissur, Kerala), Omkareshwar and Amarkantak (Madhya Pradesh), Babedpara, West Jaintia Hills and Sohra (Meghalaya), Aizwal (Mizoram), Kohima and Mokokchung Districts (Nagaland), Trimbakeshwar (Maharashtra), Puri (Odisha), Amritsar (Punjab), Ajmer (Rajasthan), Kanchipuram and Vellankani (Tamil Nadu), Tripura Sundari (Tripura), Varanasi and Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri (Uttarakhand) and Belur (West Bengal).

            The details of projects sanctioned under Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD Schemes in Assam and other North East States are given below:

Swadesh Darshan                                                                                               (Rs. in Crore)

PRASHAD Scheme                                                                                            (Rs. in Crore)

            The Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD Schemes Guidelines have provision for developing nature and environment friendly destinations for both global and domestic tourists. The Ministry has made it mandatory for the State Governments/UT Administrations to prepare the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) involving eco-tourism aspects viz.  use of clean/renewable energy; eco-friendly materials and equipment, recycling & reuse while submitting proposals under the PRASHAD and the Swadesh Darshan Schemes.

            Ministry of Tourism is regularly promoting adventure tourism, religious tourism and eco-tourism as part of Incredible India 2.0 Campaign in domestic and overseas markets. Ministry of Tourism is also releasing specific media campaigns for promoting tourism destinations in North East States. North Eastern States are also being showcased on the Incredible India website. These destinations and niche tourism products are also being promoted on regular basis by India tourism offices in exhibitions and fairs held in India and abroad.

            This information was given by Minister of State (/IC) for Culture & Tourism, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

Belfry and Neighbouring Churches

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

Palace of Tsar Alexis

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The Palace of Tsar Alexis was built in the 1650s and is now one of the best surviving examples of non-religious architecture of that era. It was built especially for Tsar Alexis who often visited the monastery on religious pilgrimages. Its most striking feature is its pretty row of nine chimney spouts which resemble towers.

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