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707-Inc is one of the most popular bus companies that provides express bus service from Singapore to Melaka and the return service from Melaka to Singapore. Over the years, 707-Inc has built up the brand to provide a balance of excellent service, price, and quality for each coach service between Singapore and Melaka.

Popular 707-Inc Bus Service

  • Singapore to Malacca
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  • Singapore to Genting Highlands
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  • Johor Bahru to Genting Highlands
  • Genting Highlands to Johor Bahru

707-Inc Bus Service & Reputation

707-Inc coaches have a reputation of leaving and arriving on time as scheduled so customers will have a peace of mind knowing the bus they will be traveling in is punctual. 707-Inc’s brand reputation has made 707-Inc to become one of the favorite choices of local people who recognize its punctual service.

707-Inc’s departure point within Singapore is located at Queen Street Bus terminal, which is conveniently located near the Bugis MRT station (within 5 minutes walking distance). As for the departure point in Melaka, it is located in Melaka Sentral. By joining BusOnlineTicket.com, 707-Inc can now offer the online booking service for both locals and tourists.

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  • TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan), Kuala Lumpur
  • Melaka Sentral, Malacca
  • Awana Bus Terminal, Genting Highlands


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About 707-Inc

707 Inc. is one of Singapore's best bus service providers, serving SG to Melaka and SG to Genting routes. They have established themselves as a quality player in the bus services space. 707 bus company has been in business for over 65 years. 

707-Inc Great Excursion Travel Pte Ltd is well versed in operating Singapore inbound tour services and bus services to Malaysia. Whether planning a corporate retreat or a family vacation, 707-Inc can provide you with the comfortable and convenient transportation you need.

Advantages of Booking 707 Buses

  • 707 buses are available in various sizes, from 27-seater buses to 30-seater high deck, double deck and single-deck buses. 
  • They offer different types of coaches, including standard and VIP coaches, to give passengers a range of options: Super VIP Merchant, Super VIP (26/28-Seater), 44-seaters, Double Decker, NEW K-CLASS-DBL, Snoozer-21 seaters, Super VIP 18-seaters, and Exclusive Single Decks. 
  • In addition to its regular bus services, 707-Inc offers coach charter services, tour packages, and coach services for private events and corporate trips. 
  • 707 bus company connects many towns and cities in and around Singapore, making these buses the most convenient way to travel to various destinations. Some of the most popular cities covered by 707 Inc buses are Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Genting, Cameron, Pulau Sibu And Tioman.
  • 707 buses have the best-in-class amenities and are equipped with comfortable seating, air conditioning, charging ports, and entertainment systems to ensure that passengers have a pleasant and enjoyable journey.

However, the amenities and services may vary depending on the type of bus you are booking. When booking your tickets, you can check out the specific amenities of the bus you wish to book.

707-Inc Contact Information

  • Chinatown Office ; 707-INC Great Excursion Travel Pte Ltd 101, Upper Cross Street. People’s Park Centre, #B1-67 Singapore 058357
  • Golden Mile Complex Office ; 707-INC Great Excursion Travel Pte Ltd, 5001, Beach Road #01-19, Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588
  • Resort World Sentosa Office; 707-INC Great Excursion Travel Pte Ltd, 5001, Beach Road #01-19, Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588

Popular Bus Routes

707 Inc. has built a reputation for being one of the most punctual bus service providers. They start their service from the Queen Street bus terminal in Singapore and service multiple bus terminals within Singapore and Malaysia. 

Be it a Bus to KL , a Bus to Melaka or a KL to Singapore bus , 707 has you covered. They are the preferred bus service provider, and you can book your 707 Inc tickets using the redBus app.

707 Inc buses cover multiple routes within Singapore and in Malaysia too. Some of the routes covered by 707 inc buses include:

  • Singapore to KL
  • Singapore to Malacca
  • Singapore to Genting  
  • Singapore to Cameron
  • Singapore to Pulau Sibu
  • Singapore to Tioman

Within Singapore , the 707 bus company connects almost all terminals. If you want to see a complete list of the routes covered by a 707 bus, you can go to the redBus app. 707 Inc. buses are pretty popular for the Genting Highlands route. Hence, it is highly recommended that you book the 707 bus to Genting if you travel there.

Popular Bus Terminals

The 707 Inc buses connect different terminals and drop passengers to and fro from these terminals that connect a bus from Singapore to Malaysia . Some of these terminals include:

  • Queen Street Bus Terminal
  • Melaka Sentral
  • Hatten Hotel, Melaka
  • Awana Bus Terminal
  • Awana Skyway Terminal
  • Hotel Malacca Orange
  • Saleng TJ Mart
  • Batu 21 Shell Station

Bus availability may change depending on the route you wish to take and the travel time. However, you will be given options to select the bus for most routes, depending on the amenities each option provides. Be it a 707 bus to Genting or a 707 bus to Singapore, take your pick—707 Inc. has it all. If you wish to travel to these areas, you can check the timings and book your 707 bus ticket online .

Disclaimer : Bus timings, routes, and fares are subject to change. Please check the redBus app or website for any last-minute changes.

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707 - Inc Bus Types

The various types of buses run by 707 - Inc are:

  • Executive(2+1)
  • Executive (2+1)
  • Double Deck(2+1)

You will have to book a separate bus ticket for children 2 years old and above. 

There are two main scenarios that you might fall into when you have to board a bus. Now, if your boarding point is at any terminal in Singapore, passengers will have to take a print out of the bus ticket that has been sent to the email in a PDF format. The second scenario is when your boarding point is a bus stop and not a terminal. In this case, you will receive an M-ticket that you will have to produce before boarding your bus. If the operator does not provide an M-Ticket, you will have to take a printout of the ticket (PDF) that has been sent to the registered email ID that you have used to book the bus ticket on the redBus website. Some operators might levy a charge if these conditions are not followed.

That depends on what works best for you. You could book a ticket at the counter but you might be too late to book a comfortable window seat or risk being too late to book any seat at all. Online bus booking is easy and convenient and you check bus timings, fares, available seats, pick-up and drop-off points, discounts and offers, and much more.

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It is always best to reach the boarding point at least 30 minutes before the departure. Since the buses need to reach the destination on time, you cannot expect a bus to be waiting for you at the boarding point beyond the boarding time. 

redBus or the Bus Operator will contact you by phone or email if there are delays or changes to your trip. Please ensure your contact information is accurate so that you can be informed about the changes. 

707 Coaches typically make one or two stops for restroom breaks or refreshments, depending on the trip length. If you urgently need the bus to stop, inform the driver.

Luggage and Customs:

  • Singapore to Malaysia: Leave your luggage on the bus at Singapore Customs. Unload your luggage for scanning at Malaysia Customs.
  • Malaysia to Singapore: Leave your luggage on the bus at Malaysia Customs. Unload your luggage for scanning at Singapore Customs.

Important Note: While the bus driver usually announces these instructions, it's recommended that you pay attention to avoid missing them.

Bus Amenities

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Emergency Contact Number

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Gps tracking system

Emergency exit

Hammer (to break glass)

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The flight that changed everything.

When the 707 gave us the world.

Christine Negroni

Pan Am Clipper America first transatlantic flight

America’s youngest jet-setter was seven years old when he boarded a Pan American World Airways Boeing 707 in New York, headed to Paris. It was October 26, 1958 and along with his parents and two older sisters, Loren Hopkins was on an all-expenses-paid, two-week tour of European capitals. His mother won the trip after entering a contest printed on the back of a Kellogg’s cereal box.

“She always had a desire to see other places,” said Hopkins, now 68 and a farmer in Kinsman, Ohio, of his mother, Vera. But she’d married a farmer, and their livelihood did not promise a life of travel. “For my mother to fly on a jet plane was the adventure of a lifetime,” Hopkins said.

A U.S. Army band serenaded the flight’s 111 passengers that night in 1958 as they approached the air stairs leading to the jetliner at Idlewild Airport. Among them was a genuine celebrity, the actress Greer Garson, who’d won an Academy Award for her performance in Mrs. Miniver 16 years earlier. (On its return flight from Paris, that 707 would carry Frank Sinatra and Danny Kaye.)

“We walked to the airplane on a red carpet with flags on both sides,” Hopkins recalled of the rainy night. Floodlights accentuated the white aluminum airplane’s size: 140 feet long with a 130-foot wingspan. Its four Pratt & Whitney JT3C-6 turbojet engines were sleek in polished metal nacelles suspended below and forward of the wings, rakishly angled 35 degrees off of the fuselage.

An enormous blue globe was painted on the tail of the airplane named Clipper America just for the flight. This was a new logo designed specifically for the mid-century modern age the airline was ushering in with its jetliner, an emblem that promised travelers the world.

And though the 707’s impact on the world was as yet unwritten, Loren Hopkins had an inkling that things were about to change.

“Going on that trip when I was so young made me think, ‘Why not go wherever you want to go?’ ” he said.

Vera Hopkins and family

“Suddenly the public was able to travel nearly two times as fast,” said Kelly Cusack, director of collections and curation at the Pan Am Museum Foundation in New York. “I don’t know if [Pan Am founder] Juan Trippe imagined the effects of all of this, but when the world is smaller and everything seems closer, we perceive the world differently.”

I spoke to Cusack last fall, two days after the foundation opened its permanent 707 exhibit at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Long Island, with a celebratory gala. The Saturday-night affair had a golden-age-of-aviation feel about it. Attendees not in cocktail attire were dressed in vintage Pan Am uniforms, the women in crisp blue stewardess suits and the retired pilots in white caps, navy blue blazers, and plenty of gold braid.

One guest not in uniform was Frank Abagnale, a 70-year-old businessman infamous for his brief but lucrative juvenile career passing himself off as a Pan Am pilot in the mid-’60s. Leonardo DiCaprio played the swaggering young impostor in the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can.

pilot impersonator Frank Abagnale

The theme of the evening was Paris, the inaugural flight’s destination. An accordionist played during the cocktail hour, and cancan dancers performed during dessert. Though many former Pan Am staff were present, Loren Hopkins was the only person at the party who had experienced that slice of the airline’s history first-hand.

“When you took off, you could feel yourself going back into the seat,” Hopkins said.

Even the seasoned air travelers of the cabin crew were surprised by the 707’s power. Jay Koren, who would eventually publish a memoir about his 40 years of service with Pan Am, was called in to work the flight at the last minute when the airline decided to add a seventh flight attendant to the crew. He was 26 at the time. Koren, who died last year, recalled that first takeoff in an article he wrote for the book Pan American World Airways: Aviation History Through the Words of its People: “Even more startling was the unexpected vibration and violent roar of the jet engines as we gathered speed for our leap up into the night.” Sitting in the back of the aircraft in the jump seats with two stewardesses, he wrote, “We grasped hands and stared wide-eyed at one another in disbelief.” Koren would also be aboard the inaugural Pan Am 747 flight in 1970.

The luxuries aboard that 1958 flight—wines poured into stemware, hot meals served on china and set on linen-covered tables—likely went unappreciated by the seven-year-old Hopkins. But Boeing mechanic Steve Eastman and his wife Hazel were “googly-eyed,” according to their son, Hal, an executive-turned-fine-art-photographer in Washington.

Eastman, who died in 2007 at the age of 96, was an hourly worker in the ’50s, assigned to fabricate one-of-a-kind parts for prototypes, including some for the space program’s lunar lander and many for the Dash 80, the precursor to the 707. On July 15, 1954, after hearing the jet engines revving during a taxi run at Boeing’s Renton airfield near their home, the entire Eastman family jumped in the car and raced to see what was going on.

“It came roaring down the runway, and everybody cheered,” Hal remembered. His dad “was so proud. He was ecstatic. He drove us to where it was going to land, and we watched it make a perfect landing.”

The following day, Steve Eastman learned that Pan Am would be the first operator of the 707. He immediately booked two economy seats on the inaugural flight. He saved from his modest salary to pay for the trip he and Hazel would take four years later.

Boeing was well behind airplane makers in the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, who were already operating passenger jets. England’s de Havilland DH 106 Comet first flew in 1952 but was soon beset with structural problems that caused three of them to crash over a period of two years.

Russia’s Tupolev Tu-104 Camel had seating for 50 passengers, and when the Comets were grounded, it became the world’s only commercial jetliner between 1956 and 1958. But the Tu-104 lacked both capacity and range, according to Bob van der Linden, curator of air transportation at the National Air and Space Museum. He pointed out that Boeing’s third-place position allowed it to absorb the lessons of its competitors’ mistakes.

Inspired by the work of Germany’s Adolph Busemann, for example, the 707’s designers swept its wing farther back than the de Havilland team swept the Comet’s. De Havilland also embedded the Comet’s four engines in the wing, creating drag. Boeing had a more unconventional idea, which it first tested in its Dash 80 prototype and incorporated into the 707: It slung the engine pods beneath the wing. By doing this, the pylons guided the airflow over the wing on a straight path. On other swept-wing aircraft, the air would roll outward towards the wingtips. This could cause portions of the wing to stall and the airplane to roll. The Dash 80 and the 707 that followed did not have this problem because of the novel placement of the engines.

boeing 707

The 707’s first engine, the Pratt & Whitney JT3C was the commercial version of the military J57, which had won the 1952 Collier Trophy. The JT3C shared the axial compressor design of the Comet’s Avon jet engine but with a substantial upgrade: Two compressors—one low pressure and one high—fed air to the combustor and then to two turbines; again, one low pressure and one high. “The low-pressure spool is spinning slower as it builds the initial pressure up,” explained Mark Sullivan, author of Dependable Engines: The Story of Pratt & Whitney. “Then it goes to the high-pressure spool and is compressed yet again.” The remarkable two-spool engine produced 11,000 pounds of thrust, compared with the Avon, which produced 10,250 pounds.

Boeing was hard at work on the Dash 80 prototype that would soon become the KC-135 military tanker and the civilian 707, while across the Atlantic, de Havilland was struggling to fix the Comet’s problems and its reputation. When the improved Comet 4 was ready to fly late in 1958, with twenty-percent fewer seats than the 707, it was already an also-ran.

The legacy of the 707 and Pan Am’s influence on its passenger cabin live on even today in most single-aisle jetliners. Originally the cabin width of the Dash 80 would accommodate five seats, two on one side of the aisle and three on the other. First, the U.S. Air Force made Boeing widen the Dash 80 by 12 inches for the KC-135 tanker. But that still wasn’t wide enough for Pan Am.

“Juan Trippe reminded Boeing that Pan Am had just placed an order for 25 new DC-8s from Douglas that were six across,” van der Linden said. Boeing’s response was to widen its own airplane by four inches and add a seat.

If passengers felt the squeeze of the extra seat, they may have felt comforted by knowing they’d be in their seats for a shorter time. The 707 airspeed was nearly 600 miles per hour, roughly 200 mph faster than the Stratocruiser and DC-7 piston-powered airplanes it would replace, cutting New York-to-Paris flight times down from about nine hours to just a little over six. And of course there was the novelty of jet flight. For the seven-year-old Loren Hopkins flying across the Atlantic, the tipping point from thrilling to ho-hum came when he asked his mother why the airplane was moving so slowly. A stewardess overheard him and reported this comment to the captain, who came out into the aisle and invited the boy into the cockpit.

“That was the highlight of the trip,” Hopkins said. He was given a set of wings to put on his suit and a captain’s hat. “It was a size that fit my head.”

Loren Hopkins

The Pan Am Foundation’s Cusack, an 11-year Pan Am employee and an inveterate collector of the airline’s memorabilia, was nevertheless surprised as he assembled the display at how expansive the airline’s story was. As Pan Am’s 707s began turning up in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South America with their recognizable white and blue livery, they became the preferred mode of transportation for foreign dignitaries as well as for Americans on international business. The U.S. Air Force also bought three 707s, assigning one of them to the service of President Dwight Eisenhower.

The first Pan Am 707, tail number N711PA, left the fleet in 1974, and many airplane spotters believe it to have been destroyed. But among the attendees at the gala were two businessmen who have a 42-foot section of the next best thing: the Boeing 707, which in 1983 flew a special reenactment of the first Pan Am transatlantic flight.

Ward Wallau and Milan Micich operate Tokens & Icons, a company that turns pieces of sentimental artifacts like Major League Baseball bats and New York subway tokens into bottle openers and cuff links. When Micich tracked down an intact section of the Pan Am Clipper Emerald Isle at an airplane boneyard in Arizona in 2008, the men originally asked to purchase just two of the giant letters spelling out “Pan American” with the intention of cutting them up into several hundred sets of cuff links. But the historic nature of their find prompted them to reconsider. While they did sell dozens of the airliner’s windows as wall art (at $1,000 each) and many $180 cuff link sets made from the aluminum, they kept the “Pan American” script intact on a big chunk of the fuselage. It now hangs on the wall of their office in Berkeley, California. They’d attended the gala to try to determine whether the museum might be a more appropriate home for their treasure.

Spirit of 76

The Cradle of Aviation Museum exhibition demonstrates how Pan Am’s 707s reshaped the world beyond anyone’s expectations. It affected economies and trade, politics and culture, fashion and society. A section titled “Jet Age Woman” points out how Pan Am’s requirement that flight attendants be college-educated and (at minimum) bilingual helped move women toward greater social and financial independence. (Pan Am also held them to strict rules governing their appearance and behavior in ways that would never fly today, of course, but the arrival of a generation of women who traveled the world and earned decent salaries remains notable.)

The air cargo display, meanwhile, shows how the advent of the 707 altered global eating habits. Jet freighters could move perishable goods so that agricultural products were no longer geographically isolated. “Who ate Chilean sea bass in the ’60s?” Cusack asks. “All those kinds of things came as a result of the jet age.”

Those kinds of disrupters were still in the future when Steve and Hazel Eastman boarded the 707 for their first jet flight in 1958. For a mechanic and a housewife, the opulence seemed overwhelming, their son Hal said. But it was people just like them who would most feel the effects of the revolution.

Commercial jet travel would very quickly become commonplace. The expansion in air travel during the prior few decades became an explosion, from 87.2 million passengers in 1957 to 4.34 billion in 2018, according to data provided by the International Air Transport Association.

The Hopkinses and the Eastmans felt history change that day in 1958. But it didn’t take long before the rest of us felt it too.

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How the boeing 707 dominated & changed jet travel in the sixties.

Over six decades ago, the future of United States aviation was decided. The Boeing 707 performed its first flight on December 20th, 1957, setting the standard for Boeing's jets in the decades to come.

Addressing concerns

Boeing explains that after World War II, the United Kingdom led the way for commercial jets with the de Havilland Comet . However, structural issues led to tragic accidents that grounded the aircraft. Along with this, the buzz surrounding jet aircraft died down.

Nonetheless, Boeing president William Allen and his team believed strongly in the future of the jet. Amid this passion, the manufacturer's board gave permission to commit $16 million ($157.9 million today) of the firm's own money to produce the pioneering 367-80. This aircraft was nicknamed the “Dash 80.”

To help the public overcome concerns about jet aircraft amid the previous incidents, Boeing sought to use the Dash 80 prototype for press and customer flights. Additionally, an advertising campaign was launched with the plane with the mission to highlight the comfort and safety of jet air travel.

A film that was part of the campaign, titled Operation Guillotine, showed a standard, fully pressurized aircraft fuselage being "pierced by two metal blades, resulting in a catastrophic failure and disintegration of the structure." After that, the 707 fuselage was put to the same test. However, as the five blades pierced the pressurized fuselage, wisps of air escaped from the punctures, but there were no cracks and no structural failure.

This prototype would be crucial in Boeing's subsequent growth. Notably, several aircraft mainstays are traced back to the model.

"The Dash 80 prototype led to the commercial 707 and the military KC-135 tanker. Both planes shared the basic design of the Dash 80 but were very different airplanes, neither one being a derivative of the other. One great difference was in the width and length of the fuselage. Airlines wanted the 707 fuselage to be 4 inches wider than the tanker’s," Boeing shares on its website .

"Its width and the 100-foot length (30.5-meter) made it the largest passenger cabin in the air. Placement of its more than 100 windows allowed airlines to rearrange seats. Location of passenger doors on the left side, at the front and at the rear of the cabin, became standard for subsequent Boeing jets. The exteriors of the 707 and its competitor, the DC-8 , were almost identical, but the 707 wing had more sweepback, so it could fly about 20 mph (32 kph) faster."

The Jet Age

Even though the planes were initially equipped with turbojet engines, the dominant engine setup for the Boeing 707 family involved four Pratt & Whitney JT3D turbofans. The initial production 707-120 could reach a range of 3,000 NM (5,600 km) and cruise at 484-540 kn / 897-1000 km/h.

In only a couple of years, air surpassed rail and sea travel with the help of the 707 . The name of 707 even became a fashion statement. Several companies were lining up to gain rights to use the term for their products.

Boeing was open to tailoring the type to suit the requirements of its customers. For instance, the company built unique long-range models for Qantas , while it equipped larger engines for Braniff’s high-altitude South American operations. This personalized approach soon paid off as the 707 overtook the DC-8 when it came to sales.

The 707 was built for medium-haul routes. However, the type was soon making transatlantic and transcontinental trips. In total, 856 707s in all variants were delivered between 1957 and 1994. 725 of these units were for commercial services.

The aircraft was seen across the continents with most major carriers. From British Airways to Avianca, a host of popular liveries were painted on it. The plane was also a powerhouse in its country of origin.

Below are some of the major US carriers that flew with the plane:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Braniff International Airways
  • Continental Airlines
  • Northeast Airlines
  • Northwest Airlines
  • Pan American World Airways
  • Trans World Airlines
  • Western Airlines

Leaving its mark

The 707 was designated the 720 when it was modified to conduct short- to medium-range operations and for deployment on shorter runways. With this edition, the fuselage length was shortened by 9 feet (2.7 meters). Also, the leading edge flaps were changed before turbofan engines were installed. 154 720s were produced between 1959 and 1967. The 727 and 737 became the natural evolution of the aircraft.

By Boeing sticking to its guns and managing to change the public perception of jet aircraft, the direction of aviation was changed forever. Altogether, the 707 was the aircraft that kicked off a new era for Boeing and US commercial aviation. Even Boeing itself had conceded in the past that every commercial jet in its arsenal had been a development of the 707. The plane may be gone commercially, but its legacy is felt every time we hop on a jet made from its manufacturer.

What are your thoughts about the Boeing 707 and the Boeing 720? Did you ever get to fly on any of the variants over the years? Let us know what you think of the aircraft in the comment section.


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Savvino-storozhevsky monastery and museum.

Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery and Museum

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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