Alexander Svirsky Monastery, Staraya Sloboda
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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 was founded in 1487, when a monk of the Valaam Monastery, named Alexander, settled between Roschinsky 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, Alexander Svirsky, 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 Svirsky, 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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  • Yes, I want to stay there, but not because I'm really a believer. Simply it is a bright place where heat is in the shower, calm the heart. Forget all the fuss. I've been twice and both times in the monastery in winter. White snow works wonders-this beauty around the eyes does not withdraw. Green Onion domes of cathedrals stand out as emeralds on the white snow. The history of the monastery is a surprisingly interesting, its worth to know. Or if you are lucky with a guide, or read. Information in the Internet a lot. Last visit-I was shocked by the frescoes in the Holy Trinity Cathedral. 3 years ago I had not paid them much attention. And now surprised the brightness of colors. Asked-it turns out nobody of them restored. They open themselves to God and to people.
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  • Alexander Svirsky monastery visited 2 times. Listened attentively to the Guide's story about the history of the monastery, how about relics were found Alexander Svirsky monastery. Went around the temples, venerated the relics. We the people are not vocerkvljonnye, but this place is really Holy, it is felt in everything. I want to go back there again. Very beautiful around nature: forests, Lake. Silence, serenity and peace.
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  • When you become a walk in Temple open, tried several times to go to the Church around the House and in some others. The rules do not know, do not know how to behave, what to do not know ... Feel strangers very shaky. A couple of times trying to question themselves. Meet us in such a tone (mainly helpers-Ministers) that we immediately understood that we don't belong here, this is the place for the elite. In Troitse-sergiyeva Lavra somehow candles set, stand alongside candles with a mental treatment to the Lord. Suitable helper, which cleaned the candlesticks, pluck our candles that have a couple of minutes and not burned. We ask her not to touch, trying to pick up her 2 vydernutye candles, so she was swearing and with an embittered person screams: "and so, here's to you!". Izlomala our candles and threw. Now in Zagorsk everytime I look, whether there are any number of whom strange, completely away from total disconnect does not work. Therefore, the temple we walk only a couple of times a year. And feel uncomfortable, always hesitate to their ignorance. But this year on Easter was again in the Troitse-sergiyeva Lavra, the case helped to communicate with the Abbot of the monastery and the Abbot advised me to go to the Alexander-svirsky monastery. Go only in November. It was an unforgettable trip! We went to the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Alexander Svirsky monastery, stayed there for a while, and we have had the feeling that we've been here once were. This here is warm and emotional place. As if we were back home. We became guardian of father Alexander. He taught and enlightened us, calmly told what and how. We feel like in the home church. Go to the service, they fasted. After communion appeared bright feeling. Still gratifying. For tourists would like to add that place very beautiful, coniferous forests, pine trees, fresh air, lots of mushrooms and berries. Fish said no, though near Roshhinskoe Lake. In the monastery there are excellent candlestick shop where you can buy firs (Miro from the relics of St. Alexander Svirsky Monastery), sand from the place of the apparitions of the Holy Trinity, various herbal infusions, as well as the refectory, clean the toilet.
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