In 1336 Bartholomaus went to the solitude of Radonezh with his brother Stephan. At the age of 23 he founded the Trinity Monastery (Sagorsk), known as Sergiy von Radonezh. Sergij also introduced many reforms of monastic life. The 14th century was predestined for this, as the connection between ecclesiastical and secular power in the rising Moscow was solidified at this time. For example, Alexander Newsky's grandson, Ivan I, also known as Geldsack (Kalita), had the Koimesis Cathedral, Moscow's first stone church, built in a year-long construction process, both at the instigation of Metropolitan Petr and the relocation of the metropolitan seat to Moscow in 1326. Ivan Kalita, who had held the dignity of Grand Duke since 1328, built the Kremlin out of wooden structures as early as 1329. Two major fires destroyed the facility again, but construction began again in 1339. Ivan I. Kalita, Prince of Moscow, died in 1340.


Sergius von Radonezh was involved in the founding of 40 monasteries and was already highly venerated during his lifetime. Sergius once prayed in front of the icon of the Blessed Mother. After performing the prayer, a voice rang out: "The all pure comes". Sergius got up and stepped out of his cell. A great light poured out in which the Blessed Mother was standing, next to her the two apostles Peter and John. Maria said, “Do not be afraid” and the light disappeared. 

Russian icon | Saint Sergei of Radonezh | 24840

SKU: 24840
  • Original antique Russian orthodox icon

    Certificate of authenticity from an independent expert at the Vienna Dorotheum
  • Age

    19th century
  • Size

    26.5 x 22 cm (10.4 x 8.7 in)

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