New Valamo Monastery, Heinavesi

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New Valamo or New Valaam is an Orthodox monastery in Heinävesi, Finland. The monastery was established in its present location in 1940. However, the tradition of the Valamo monastery dates back to 1717. The monastery was then originally established on Valaam which is an archipelago in the northern portion of Lake Ladoga, lying within the Republic of Karelia in the Russian Federation.The New Valamo Monastery is nowadays an active centre of the Orthodox religious life and culture in Finland. The monastery welcomes visitors throughout the year. The peaceful atmosphere of the monastery and close proximity to nature offer the hurried people in the busy world of today a rare opportunity to relax − far from the bustle and noise of everyday life.The relocation of the monasteryIn 1939, during the Winter War, some 190 monks from the Valamo Monastery in Karelia were evacuated from their old abode on a group of islands in Lake Ladoga in the Viipuri Province to present Eastern Finland. The old Valamo Monastery was occupied by the armed forces of the Soviet Union quite soon after the outbreak of the Winter War.After a temporary dwelling place the monks decided to settle down in Heinävesi in Eastern Finland. The choice fell on a mansion in Papinniemi, Heinävesi, after the monks had found there, quite surprisingly, an icon of St. Sergius and St. Herman of Valaam, the founders of the monastery in the 12th century. The monks considered this to be a sign from God. Having received evacuees from the Konevsky (Konevitsa) and Pechenga (Petsamo) monasteries, it is now the only monastery for men of the Finnish Orthodox Church. Work out when and for how long to visit New Valamo Monastery and other Heinavesi attractions using our handy Heinavesi online trip builder.
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  • Nice buildings and polite personnel. In shop you can buy souvenirs and wine.. whisky and gin were out of stock. Place worth of visiting if you drive by. 
    Nice buildings and polite personnel. In shop you can buy souvenirs and wine.. whisky and gin were out of stock. Place worth of visiting if you drive by.  more »
  • Peaceful place, nice buildings. Worth visiting. There is also a museum shop with monastery wine, tea, honey, spices, candles etc. We also had lunch - and it was buffet with basic Finnish food. Please....  more
    Peaceful place, nice buildings. Worth visiting. There is also a museum shop with monastery wine, tea, honey, spices, candles etc. We also had lunch - and it was buffet with basic Finnish food. Please....  more »
  • The whole area is beautiful, but monastery itself is quite small. Church is nice and well decorated. Monk are producing wine and they are selling wine in monastery shop. There is also cafe and... 
    The whole area is beautiful, but monastery itself is quite small. Church is nice and well decorated. Monk are producing wine and they are selling wine in monastery shop. There is also cafe and...  more »
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  • A working monastery of orthodox religion and culture. It has very peaceful atmosphere and beautiful surroundings which easily calms your mind. There is a wine and souvenir shop, a restaurant (opens morning till evening), monastery hotel and guest houses in the complex. There is also kids play area and they enjoy the gardens & animals specially in summer.
  • Really nice monastery. It had fascinating history!
  • Peacefull place and good food, also locally produced wines and liquores
  • Tranquil place, orthodox monastery. Church, exhibitions, restaurant and a hotel too.
  • Best where your mind can rest.

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