Visit to Alexander Nevsky’s Monastery (Lavra). Built by Peter the Great in 1710 on the banks of the Neva as the end of Nevsky prospect, this monastery is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Initially it was devoted to preserving the burial place of Alexander Nevsky, the medieval Russian hero and Prince of Novgorod who saved the country from Swedish, Teutonic, and Tatar invaders. There are only two orthodox Lavras in Russia: the one in St. Petersburg and another in Serguiev Posad, near Moscow. Alexander Nevsky Lavra is composed of two churches built by Trezzini in the Baroque style, the majestic and Neoclassical Trinity Cathedral, and various cemeteries, all surrounded by beautiful gardens.