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The term '''Lavra''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.
Among the noted Lavra's lavras is the '''[[Great Lavra (Athos)|Monastery of the Great Lavra''' ]] on the [[Mount Athos|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]] Athonite communities.
In the Slavic world (under the Moscow Patriarchate :[[Church of Russia]], and [[Church of Ukraine]]) there are five Lavra's 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 of the Kiev Caves|Theodosius]].*'''[[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 lavra in 1833.*'''[[Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra|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. Tsarina Elizabeth elevated the monastery to the dignity of a Lavra lavra in 1744. *'''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 lavra in 1797.*'''Uspensko-Svyatogorskaya Lavra''' which has been a Lavra since 2004
==External links==
*[ KPL Official Site]
*[ Pochayiv Lavra]
*Troitse-Sergiyeva_Lavra:Wikipedia [ Troitse-Sergiyeva_Lavra Wikipedia: Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius]
*[ Alexander Nevsky Lavra]