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WHERE IS ISTRA?
Istra is a town and the capital of Istrinsky District in Moscow Oblast, in Russia located by the Istra River, 40 kilometers west of Moscow, on the Moscow–Riga railway.
|Location of Istra|
ISTRA IS FAMOUS FOR...
...being a centre of reseach in the area of electrical power engineering.
... being one of the places in which renowned short-story writer and playwright Anton Chekhov used to work.
|Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)|
PLACES TO VISIT
New Jerusalem Monastery
|New Jerusalem Monastery|
The New Jerusalem Monastery was founded in 1656 as a patriarchal residence on the outskirts of Moscow. The monastery took its name from the New Jerusalem. This site was chosen for its resemblance to the Holy Land. The River Istra represents the Jordan, and the buildings represent the 'sacred space' or holy places of Jerusalem.
Istrinsky Drama Theatre
New Jerusalem Museum
|New Jerusalem Museum|
The New Jerusalem Museum is a modern, state-of-the-art museum, located across the river from the eponymous monastery. Exhibits draw on the hundreds of thousands of items in the monastery collections, including weapons, icons and artwork from the 17th century to modern times. Highlights include personal items belonging to Patriarch Nikon, as well as 20th-century drawings and handicrafts from around the Moscow region.
Watch this video to take a look at some of Istra's landmarks: