Alexander Svirsky Monastery, Staraya Sloboda

Alexander-Svirsky Monastery is a Russian Orthodox monastery situated deep in the woods of the Leningrad Oblast, just south from its border with the Republic of Karelia. The golden age of this cloister was in the 17th century. It boasts one of the few preserved three-tented belfries and medieval clock towers in Russia.The abbey was founded in 1487, when a monk of the Valaam Monastery, named Alexander, settled between Roshchinsky and Holy lakes, 20 km to the east from Lake Ladoga and 6 km from the Svir River. During his life in the woods, he had a vision of the Holy Trinity who ordered him to build two oaken chapels dedicated to the Trinity and the Saviour's Transfiguration. These churches gave birth to the twin Trinity and the Transfiguration cloisters, collectively known as the Alexander Svirsky Monastery.The monastery's founder died on August 30, 1533 and was buried at the Transfiguration cloister, which still serves as a burial place for the local monks. 12 years later, his disciples recounted his life in a biography. The church synod of 1547 canonized Alexander of the Svir, and the new saint became venerated throughout Russian lands. One of the chapels of the famous Saint Basil's Cathedral on Red Square, for instance, was consecrated to him.
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  • Having lived all his life in St. Petersburg, to my shame, could not gather around this holy place and only after reading yet another article about the monastery and its shrines, agreed: the food! Beautiful place, numerous references are fairly detailed, and not describe it with words, you need to see and feel for yourself. Definitely recommend to visit! We decided in the summer to visit again.
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  • The monastery itself is extraordinarily beautiful. All around perfect pure. Monastic meal proved to be surprisingly delicious. But the most interesting is the relics of Alexander, they seemed warm and one finger on his leg and stayed pink.
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  • Great sacred place for Orthodox believers and not only. The monastery is located on the shores of Lake Roshhinskoe, surrounded by the beautiful Karelian nature. It attracts many pilgrims from all over the country, many tour groups and simply strolling onlookers. The territory beautiful, well groomed, clean, nice to just walk in the surroundings of the monastery, you can go to the belfry, breathe the pure air of the North. Locations unique for several reasons: there are the Holy relics of venerable chudotvortsa a. Svirsky, they are imperishable. In these places was the Reverend W. Trinity, you can dial the sand from the holy place, there's even a special blades there are, say, helping cure ailments. Also in these places was the venerable Virgin. In a separate room is a copy of the shroud of Turin, consecrated by Metropolitan Volodymyr, write that she even mirotochit, but it is not always possible to get. Perhaps you can with tour groups. On the territory of the monastery there are several cathedrals, churches, Bell Tower and belfry. Each of the buildings is unique and has its own interesting history, for example, Trinity Cathedral with its unique colourful frescoes. And in the belfry can be heard singing the monastic servants, powerful voice and room acoustics has to this exceptional. The only thing that left a nasty residue is the refectory, near the place where you can gain the consecrated, sandy beach with a not very friendly saleswoman, kind of works in such a venerable place, and it's worth all of itself evil and discontented, something whispers to himself. It is not clear whether the patient whether they offended.
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  • Try to listen local mens a cappella choir. Amazing!
  • Beautiful monastery!
  • Very good place, no fuss, quiet, soul sings!! Truckee in a male monastery. The weather is gorgeous. Come will not regret.
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  • Place, in a split from the bustle of the city. Accommodation there are variously hostoly, hotels, price from 500 to 2500 r. people Eating in the refectory of the monastery and in a private Café based all write from 240 p. But we did not succeed. Soup, salad, and the second, tea 400 p/person.
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  • Very well maintained and neat monastery. The picturesque countryside. The monks knew where to talk with God!
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