Konevsky Monastery, Konevets Island

Konevsky Monastery is a Russian Orthodox monastery that occupies the Konevets Island in the western part of the Lake Ladoga, Leningrad Oblast, Russian Federation. It is often regarded as the twin monastery with the Valaam Monastery, also located on an island group in the same lake.Medieval originsKonevets Island (Konevitsa or Kononsaari) has the maximum length of 5 km; its average width is 2 km. The island is separated from the mainland by a 5-km-wide strait. In the Middle Ages, the island was considered holy by the Finnish tribes who particularly revered a huge boulder in the shape of a horse's skull, weighing more than 750 tons. This boulder is known as Kon’-Kamen’ (literally, "Steed-Stone") and gives its name to the island.The monastery was founded around 1393 by St. Arseny Konevsky, who wished to convert pagan Karelians to Christianity. The location of the monastery was changed several times, in order to avert floods. The church of the Nativity of the Theotokos was founded by St. Arseny in 1428; it was at this church that the monastery's main shrine was placed. It was a miraculous image of Mother of God, brought by St. Arseny from Mount Athos and representing Christ playing with a dove nestling, symbolizing spiritual purity.
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  • Decided to visit with friends on the island Konevets and visit the monastery. It turned out it is not at all easy. On the eve of the called and the monastery and polomnicheskuju service everywhere said that is not possible. Found phone Sergei, who promised to carry the island anyway, and any number of people. Excited (and wasted). When it came to Vladimir Bay, it turned out that the island has already transported more than 100 people and they will be exported from there until the evening. Sergei (his phone on the advertising poster on the Pier) just refused. About the conversation on the eve of something proburchal. As a result, we have not got to the island. Of course you will have to visit in the near future because the Bay is maximized building a huge entertainment complex (marinas, hotels, helipads etc) under the auspices of ROSNEFT. After completion, it is obvious that the monastery and the island will turn into a passing yard.
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  • A small, brave island. Nature beauty. The monastery is currently recovering. Circle of grace. The place is stunning. Have been with his wife for a one-day bus excursion. Got enormous pleasure. We plan to go again. all advise. Inexpensive and very pleasant impressions.
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  • Lake Ladoga is konevets island. We were not there with Pilgrim trip and excursion, traveling on the boat on the expanses of the country. About the island and the monastery almost knew nothing, all the information is emphasized from the story guide. The first impression is a neglect of the island and the territory of the monastery. Before that we visited, Unzha Raithu, Valaam monasteries. There's a nice neat hit literally every piece of land. On the Konevets monastery even within many places overgrown with weeds. Probably here don't have enough workers, which just might ennoble least monastery territory. Further our way passed through the forest to the famous Horse-stone. According to the legend surrounding him performed their rites of pagans and in General in this huge kamenjuke was exorcised. But the venerable Arsenius using icons of the most Holy Theotokos, brought them from Mount Athos, as well as putting stones with holy water, exorcised the evil force. On a stone chapel was built. Stones himself and Chapel standing on it to produce a strong impression. I wanted to stay there longer, but the craft was already waiting for us. The Bank went to the edge of the forest. In the forest a lot of berries-Blueberry bushes are literally littered the ground. Ended our short excursion on the island. Gladly returned there again. Island bribed us with its silence, bezljudnost'ju. The truth is that often there are traces of a military base. Perhaps this should be a place for a monastery. If someone specifically interested in the monastery, then there is a farmstead in St. Petersburg (as branch) monastery, it's PR. Country q 7.
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  • He stayed on the island for a total of nearly three weeks. Survived. Everything cool. But home is best.
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  • In 1999 I was on this island for three weeks during the holidays. As students we repaired the gate and wall (to the left of the gate) at the entrance to the cemetery. There were a exquisitely beautiful and untouched nature. If I could have someone around to ask for a photo of the entrance to the cemetery, so I'll be very happy:-) Thank you in advance:-)
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  • Spiritual and thus very easy to place. Arriving (affluent) here, you get a true delight. But getting to play here.
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  • Straight necessarily visit, blissful place, no snakes on the whole island! The monks are doing wonderful honey. ..
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  • Beautiful natural views and clean air, good attitude and positive, many times have already been on the island and in the monastery:)
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