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  Istra is famous for its New Jerusalem Monastery which was established to serve as a Russian version of the Holy Land. Today the monastery remains the main reason for visiting Istra. The city can easily be visited as a day trip from Moscow.


Basic facts
Name in Russian Истра
Status City and administrative centre of the Istra District of the Moscow Region
Location On the River Istra
Distance 70km north-west of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 35,139 people (2014)
Founded 1589
Former Names Safatova (until 1636); Voskresenie (1636-1781);
City Day 12 June
Official Website

Top recommendations in Istra

  • New Jerusalem Monastery

    Visit the New Jerusalem Monastery, its magnificent walls and the amazing Resurrection Cathedral.