"From Parents' Home to Moscow Region" Zvenigorod by hunterV

Zvenigorod Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 10 photos

I Joined the Soviet Army

I had to join the Soviet army after I came back from my business trip to Iraq in the fall of 1983. There was no getting away from it. So in November 1983 I found myself in a Soviet soldier's uniform running and jumping in the snows of Moscow region at an AMS (Army Map Service) military training unit.
I spent about half a year there and then had to leave for Leningrad, now St.Petersburg, where I was honored and privileged to serve for a year at an AMS unit downtown.


Our AMS (Army Map Service) military training unit was located outside the town of Zvenigorod amidst a fine fir-tree forest. I had to take a bus from downtown to get there.
Every month I had a leave and could go downtown to see a new movie or just to walk around.
St.Savva Monastery that I passed each time was in decay at that time.
I am glad it flourished within the past ten years.
Nice info on St.Savva Monastery
A story about Zvenigorod by a Russian traveler

Nice Memories

The town is quite small: about twelve thousand inhabitants.
It is located about 35 miles to the east of Moscow (about an hour journey by train).
Wikipedia on Zvenigorod

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Healthy environment, huge monastery and churches, big forest around the town
  • Cons:too far to get there
  • In a nutshell:Beginning of My Military Service
  • Last visit to Zvenigorod: Jan 1987
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Victor, nice little page and even more interesting to read that this is the twon where you joined the Soviet army.

    • hunterV's Profile Photo
      Jul 28, 2015 at 12:46 AM

      Thanks, Holger... I have good memories, although it was hard soldier's labour....

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    The monastery looks lovely. I wonder where all the religious artifacts went to during soviet times? The aerial picture of the town looks great with the defensive walls and all.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    The monastery looks like a very nice place!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2009 at 12:54 AM

    Glad to know you spent half a year in Zvenigorod which is very close to my dacha. Wonderful place and monastery! Planning to come back there and make a page of my own...

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    wow, this monastery looks interesting !

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    A nice remembrance...and gorgeous gold domed church. Thanks for sharing your memories.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:23 AM

    nice photos and thank you for sharing this part of your life with us.

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    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:53 AM


  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2009 at 2:49 AM

    Another page that teaches me more about Ukraine, your culture, and, best of all, about your life.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    I've never heard of Zvenigorod before but it's probably in my Russian guide book of the Moscow region.

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