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The Path of Aleksandr Nevsky
October 18, 2014 13:10


Old trade routes from Novgorod to Yuriev (Tartu) went through the territory of the present Luga District. That was the beginning of portage of ships on their way to the Verduga River, and the end of portage for those who traveled along the Saba River. Boats with goods moved along rivers and lakes, while foot and horse traders walked along the shores. The Prince Aleksandr Nevsky walked the same path to release the Pskov land from the Livonian Order in 1242. According to legend, the village Navolok is the place where the grave of the prince’s soldiers is located.

The rich history of the district made it possible to develop a new historical and cultural pilgrimage route “The Path of Aleksandr Nevsky” following the ancient walking path. According to the legend, Aleksandr Nevsky stopped to rest on the shore of the Muzha lake at the spring, because a healing black stone helping in diseases of the feet was located here. Historical sources claim that the Prince was suffering from rheumatism. St. Paraskeva came to him in his dream and predicted victory. After the Battle on the Ice the Prince ordered to build a chapel on that place. “The route is about 8 km long” - Tamara Toloknova, the director of the Tourist Information Centre of Luga, says.

“The total travel time makes up about 5-6 hours. The walking part of the route takes 2-2.5 hours. Pilgrims and tourists come to Voloshovo, where the chapel-cathedral of Aleksander Nevsky is being built, by bus. They view the cathedral, and pass a part of the route on bus and then go on foot along the path to the chapel of St. Paraskeva, which has recently been restored. As far as this is a pilgrimage route, a part of the way should be passed on foot. Its length is about 5 km. Two tourist stops are equipped on the trail. Then the pilgrims go to the Church of the Holy Savior’s Image in the village of Syabero built in 1670. This part of the route is passed by bus.”

A religious procession to the chapel of St. Paraskeva is organized annually on Elijah Friday, and a trip can be timed to coincide with this date. A spring and a water bowl sanctified in the last week of July are located nearby. The property of the church in the village Syabero is the ancient icon of the Holy Saviour. You can take lunch with you and have a snack on tourist stops. If necessary, the organizers may offer a more serious meal. They will turn to local farmers who may cook both cold and hot dishes of natural products. Such a tour may be performed by individual tourists on private cars. The village of Voloshovo near Aleksandr Nevsky Cathedral has an information board with the route indicating GPS-coordinates of the key points, as Tourbusiness reports. 

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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