Istra is famous for its New Jerusalem Monastery which was established to serve as a Russian version of the Holy Land. Today the monastery has been completely restored following the damage it suffered at the hands of the Nazis and Bolsheviks, and remains the main reason for visiting Istra. The city can easily be visited as a day trip from Moscow.
Top recommendations in Istra
Visit the New Jerusalem Monastery, its magnificent walls and the amazing Resurrection Cathedral.