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The term '''Lavra''' is a name given to large, rich monasteries of importance that enjoy special privileges and are cultural centers in the regions they occupy.  
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The term '''''lavra''''' is a name given to large, rich [[monastery|monasteries]] of importance that enjoy special privileges and are cultural centers in the regions they occupy.  
 
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Among the noted lavras is the '''Monastery of the Great Lavra''' on the Athos Peninsula. This [[monastery]] which was founded by the [[monk]] St. Athanasius the Athonite in 963, is the earliest and the mother monastery of the [[Mount Athos]] communities.
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Among the noted lavras is the [[Great Lavra (Athos)|Monastery of the Great Lavra]] on the [[Mount Athos|Athos Peninsula]]. This monastery, founded by the [[monk]] St. Athanasius the Athonite in 963, is the earliest and the mother monastery of the Athonite communities.
 
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In the Slavic world there are three lavras of particular note:
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*'''Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.''' in Kiev, Ukraine. This monastery, often called the Monastery of the Caves, was founded in 1051 by [[Anthony of the Caves]]  and Theodosius
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*'''Trinity Lavra of St Sergius''' at Sergiyev Posad, Russia. This monastery was founded in 1345 by [[Sergius of Radonezh]], the most venerated of Russian [[saint]]s. Czarina Elizabeth elevated the monastery to the dignity of a Lavra in 1744.
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*'''Alexander Nevsky Lavra''' in St Petersburg, Russia. This lavra was founded as a monastery in 1710 and was not finished until 1790. The monastery was elevated to the status of a Lavra until 1797.
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In the Slavic world (under the Moscow Patriarchate: [[Church of Russia]] and [[Church of Ukraine]]) there are five lavras of particular note:
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*[[Kiev Pechersk Lavra]] in Kiev, Ukraine. This monastery, often called the [[Monastery of the Kiev Caves]], was founded in 1051 by [[Anthony of the Caves]] and [[Theodosius of the Kiev Caves|Theodosius]].
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*[[Pochaev Lavra of the Dormition of the Theotokos|Pochayiv Lavra]] (''Pochaev'') has for centuries been the foremost spiritual and ideological centre of various Orthodox denominations in Western Ukraine. The monastery tops a 60-metre hill in the town of Pochayiv, Ternopil Oblast, 18 km southwest of Kremenets and 50 km north of Ternopil.  It was established a lavra in 1833.
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*[[Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra|Trinity Lavra of St Sergius]] at Sergiyev Posad, Russia, was founded in 1345 by [[Sergius of Radonezh]], the most venerated of Russian [[saint]]s.  Tsarina Elizabeth elevated the monastery to the dignity of a lavra in 1744.
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*Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St Petersburg, Russia, was founded as a monastery in 1710 and was not finished until 1790. The monastery was elevated to the status of a lavra in 1797.
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*Uspensko-Svyatogorskaya Lavra has been a Lavra since 2004
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
*Monastery of the Great Lavra [http://www.macedonian-heritage.gr/Athos/Monastery/great_lavra.html]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavra Wikipedia]
*Kiev_Pechersk_Lavra:Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/]
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*[http://www.macedonian-heritage.gr/Athos/Monastery/great_lavra.html Monastery of the Great Lavra]
*Kiev-Pechersk Lavra [http://www.lavra.kiev.ua/en/main.php?id=90]  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Kiev Pechersk Lavra:Wikipedia]
*Troitse-Sergiyeva_Lavra:Wikipedia  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/]
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*[http://www.lavra.kiev.ua/en/main.php?id=90 KPL Official Site]  
*Alexander Nevsky Lavra [http://www.saint-petersburg-hotels.com/alexandernevskiylavra.htm]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pochayevsko-Uspenskaya_Lavra Pochayiv Lavra]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troitse-Sergiyeva_Lavra Wikipedia: Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius]
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*[http://www.saint-petersburg-hotels.com/alexandernevskiylavra.htm Alexander Nevsky Lavra]
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Among the noted lavras is the Monastery of the Great Lavra on the Athos Peninsula. This monastery, founded by the monk St. Athanasius the Athonite in 963, is the earliest and the mother monastery of the Athonite communities.

In the Slavic world (under the Moscow Patriarchate: Church of Russia and Church of Ukraine) there are five lavras of particular note:

  • Kiev Pechersk Lavra in Kiev, Ukraine. This monastery, often called the Monastery of the Kiev Caves, was founded in 1051 by Anthony of the Caves and Theodosius.
  • Pochayiv Lavra (Pochaev) has for centuries been the foremost spiritual and ideological centre of various Orthodox denominations in Western Ukraine. The monastery tops a 60-metre hill in the town of Pochayiv, Ternopil Oblast, 18 km southwest of Kremenets and 50 km north of Ternopil. It was established a lavra in 1833.
  • Trinity Lavra of St Sergius at Sergiyev Posad, Russia, was founded in 1345 by Sergius of Radonezh, the most venerated of Russian saints. Tsarina Elizabeth elevated the monastery to the dignity of a lavra in 1744.
  • Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St Petersburg, Russia, was founded as a monastery in 1710 and was not finished until 1790. The monastery was elevated to the status of a lavra in 1797.
  • Uspensko-Svyatogorskaya Lavra has been a Lavra since 2004

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