On the verge of the 800th anniversary of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky to be celebrated next year, St. Petersburg is getting ready to receive Orthodox pilgrims. The city Committee for tourism development and the St. Petersburg Eparchy have signed a coopetition agreement.
The official signing ceremony was held in the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. The agreement envisages training guides for religious tourism so that every group of pilgrims coming to St. Petersburg could have a certified specialist to tell them about the spiritual value of historic places. Also, tours around religiously significant places will be developed.
Varsonofy, Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga, said: ‘There are a lot of significant holy places in St. Petersburg, important not only for Russian people, but for all Christians. Dozens of thousands of pilgrims come to our city every year for comfort and support. Pilgrimage is a special manifestation of faith. It gives one an opportunity to visit shrines and pray.’
Sergey Korneyev, Chairman of the St. Petersburg Committee for tourism development, noted: ‘There is a great interest in visiting sacred places and religious objects here in St. Petersburg, and in the Northwestern region. The history, culture and faith of the Russian North are an integral part of the history of our country.’
Developing pilgrimage is expected to help restore the travel industry after the pandemic.
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