What to buy in Sergiev Posad

The first Russian dolls were made in the Sergiev Posad and to this day the town still has a factory which produced high quality matrioshki.

For certified quality try the Khudozhestvine izdeliya i igrushki shop at Pr. Krasny Armii 136 (also known just as the Martioshka shop). They sell great quality Russian dolls in traditional designs, as well wooden figures, dolls and wooden items for the home hand-painted in traditional designs for very reasonable prices. In the back of the store with the artist's paints, papers and brushes you can find plain wooden dolls that you can paint yourself.

Other souvenirs and dolls can be found in the market on the main square outside the monastery and over the road in the Vernissage market near the Russky Dvorik hotel. In the monastery's bell tower you can also buy local souvenirs.

For those looking for icons and other religious goods, this monastery might one of the best places in the whole country. There are numerous ikonaya lavka (icon stores) as well as shops selling religious books and decorations for the home.


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