New Jerusalem is a place which attracts thousands of pilgrims, as well as the admirers of spirituality and majestic architecture. The history of this sacred place began in the middle of the 17th century, when the monastery was built in the outskirts of Moscow under the direction of Patriarch Nikon. For several centuries, the place experienced both periods of blossoming and many trials: fires, destruction, and dark oblivion. In the second half of the 20th century, the New Jerusalem Monastery was restored.
This site was chosen for its resemblance to the Holy Land. The River Istra represents the Jordan, and the buildings represent the 'sacral space' or holy places of Jerusalem. Today, the complex includes the Resurrection Cathedral, which reconstructs the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the underground church of Constantine and Elena, the fortress fence, the necropolis. The monastery contains sacred relics for believers, including the relics of the holy Great Martyr Tatyana and the particle of the Holy Cross.
Monastery certainly worth a visit if you are interested in some Russian Orthodox sightseeing that is out of the ordinary.