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The founding of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra is linked with one of the important events in the history of Russia. Military commander and Grand Prince Alexander Yaroslavich won a major victory over Sweden on the Neva in 1240, for which he was given the title Nevsky (Neva ~ Nevsky) and canonized by the Orthodox Church as the Holy Patron of Russia. Peter the Great decided to honour Nevsky in St. Petersburg and in 1710 ordered the monastery built south-east of the city centre.

In 1797 the Alexander Nevsky monastery was elevated to the status of Lavra (lavra, a high-ranking monastery, is a title held by only four locations in Russia).

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  • Updated Jun 22, 2003
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