St. Sergius Sky

This heat balloon fest is a top Sergiev Posad event and a major nationwide professional contest. Happening outside the Lavra on Sergius' nameday (July 18) and the weekend ahead, it features about 10 colorful airships of incredible shapes. Beside a traditional moneybag, the fest's highlight is the Matryoshka balloon. At night the balloons even become illuminated.

I advise timing your Sergiev Posad visit to St. Sergius Sky to watch this magnificent annual sight.

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