Konevsky Monastery, Konevets Island

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4.6/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
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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  • We visited the island with pilgrimage Group (best option for us). At the outset, it should be noted that both the Konevsky monastery, and his pilgrimage service quite fiddly and not functional site: any useful information cannot be obtained, the reviewers add unrealistic (despite the presence of the corresponding tab), and the universal response to all attempts to open the desired page is a message that the site is being finalized. And so always. When this date of travel are constantly changing and often appear for a week, causing potential pilgrims going before, remain in the belief that travel there. Order online visit for two days (Konevets) is also impossible: on the page of the two-day trip provides only application form for one day. But what is in this case a day trip? This departure at 7.00-8.00 with the arrival on the island around noon, with travelers sometimes unreasonably long wait for the ship in the Bay of Vladimir. Return with newly Konevets is bound to send through Ladoga, but pilgrimage service usually appoints 16.00-16.30, while in the evening, on weekends there are two flights: second-18.00-18.30. Thus directly stay on the island, in the best case, it takes 4-5 hours, it is necessary to subtract lunch time (by the way, the pilgrimage service leaves no opportunity to forgo dinner, which, incidentally, is worth 350 rub.). To the question, why not draw away from the island at 6 p.m., thus giving the opportunity to even be 2:00 pilgrims in this attractive location, it should be a little sensible explanation that otherwise-in case of contact with corks-they don't have time on the subway. However, an elementary calculation shows groundlessness of this argument, and, at least in the Saturday service could change the time sent with Isles at 18.00. This does not occur, and all of the service's actions clearly aimed at profiting from wanting to visit on the island: the cost of a day trip-2300; the two-day-4300.
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  • Hit on the konevets island during the tour to Balaam. Very comfortable and warm place, interesting excursion and beautiful temple. When they returned from there were very encouraged by trip, and steel on the Internet reading about this island and came across a mixed information that there may have radioactive contamination. Information on the Internet on this topic a lot (who are interested-look; in Yandex when typing the word "Konevets"-third line shows "Konevets radiation"), and God forbid that it (radiation) was no longer there, life there is and people live, and indeed the place warm and bright! We certainly did not like that the hike was not a Word. But people there have such a magical monastery, believe that all there good!
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  • Was there in 2015 year summer, swam on his boat, but it is possible and on a boat called the sail. According to friends of the cost is 800 rubles, phones "paromŝikov" can be found on the Quay in Vladimir. We sailed for about an hour, the distance is about 10 km from our parking lot. The water was calm and it was interesting to watch her webs-visible legible boundary water cold and warm, even on the eye is different))). Moored in Cape, left there a boat and went looking for the monastery. The water in the Bay was surprisingly warm. And here in a beautiful oak wood we saw walls and gates of the monastery. It's pretty neat and tidy, destruction and abandonment are not. The passage in the wall is decorated with a mural in my opinion, although I'm not special in this regard. Inside the large compound, the temple premises. The monks and staff not much, peace and quiet. Outside there is a refectory, a lunch costs 350 r, it is the right of the entrance, and on the left there is a café, a simple, but if you can eat or looking at the pasture, gardens and nature. After visiting the monastery went to survey the island. It is not big in size, but strolling leisurely step 3-4 hours can leave. Behind the monastery straight road in the forest map of the island by the way can be photographed at the Café. She walks past a small chapel with a small cemetery and rests in the skit. Inside is not entered, the outside seems cozy. Further to the left through a number of oak trees I think older than 200 years, we went to the goal of our expedition Steed-stone. It certainly gives the impression of a huge Boulder, with a two-storey house, well as usual top built Chapel))). From the stone comes a sense of strength and power, not in vain according to legends on it Pagans conducted their Ministry. Further still, there is a skit, but we decided to come back, it was getting dark, and we have a difficult path back. Back to return to the coast, decide where military fortifications were visible everywhere and old trenches. Recommend to visit the place for people who love nature and sentient and good location.
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