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Optina Pustyn Friary, Kaluga Oblast

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  • About desert optinoj heard probably all ... have seen a few. We came here directly from Moscow. After exiting the highway to Peremyl' has changed to landscape-vast expanses of picturesque terrain, roadside stork ... and for the next turn of the amazing picture-popped into view like you go on steppe, and there, behind the river ship pines and stately abode ... It is very beautiful .... Immediately across the river road becomes more broken, but it is quite normal to travel. There is a parking, chock, well this is not surprising, a place frequented by actively. There are restrooms, but only on the parking lot and in the form of houses type John, and we, spoiled comfort in other sections (such as the Varnickogo monastery in Rostov Veliky) of course it could not. From the car park to the monastery, it is totally asking for alms, had to crawl on the carriageway. At the entrance to guard zealously ensures that women do not forget zamotat'sja in the Panel to "skirt to toe". Neither my knee-length coats with wide trousers, no scarf, povjazannyj another tourist security guard was not satisfied, so we had to obvjazyvat'sja. People pretty much go in the crowd ... mainly tourists, pilgrims less. Excursions, group and individual. To attend open only part of the territory, about one-third. There is a tea room where you can have a meal quite pleasant pastries, and more solid food too ... people too full, while neatly and cleanly. There are two icon stalls, one hanging sign "headscarves do not shoot", and it is not clear whether this refers to things, whether sold to parishioners in the store not scarves filmed. Optina Hermitage we were interested in purely as a historical object, we examined. and here's an abundance of people and deprived the bans place some goodness, what happens in many worshipful places. In general visiting at once, return is not particularly want to
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  • Optics of the desert-a place for all. Just turning on the Kozelsk, you'll see the radiance of her domes above the river and their reflection in the churches of ancient Kozelsk. And in that moment you will feel that you have roots. You can choose to believe or not to believe in God, be interested in views for photo or be explained to be a tourist, there just by chance. But at that moment, when you panorama Optinoj and Kozelsk, you feel a connection, their involvement in what was happening for centuries and the "love of otecheskim grobam". But this is only the beginning. You will pass through a gate in the thick wall, and you fall. Even if you are the person the unbeliever and not go to the service, you will still feel the lightness and the purification of the soul. On this small territory of amazingly nice to wander around and think. Even count Tolstoy, quarrelled with the Church, has not been able to break away from desert Optinoj) there is an excellent school of icon painting. Several Church benches, of whom as a child, I don't want to go until they are all as it should be. And attendants there also other than in many temples and monasteries. Optics deserts-the best place to find God.
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  • A large monastery with a very interesting and difficult history. Pilgrimage place. It has a feeling of life and business.
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