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Aleksandro-Oschevensky Monastery (Александро-Ошевенский Монастырь)

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Location: Kargopolsky District   Map

Monastery Found: 15th century

 

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History of Aleksandro-Oschevensky Monastery

Aleksandro-Oschevensky Monastery was found in 1460s by Aleksandr Oshevensky. As a young man he was accepted into Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery in Vologda Oblast. However over time he decided to chose the life of a hermit with a blessing of his spiritual father, the abbot of the monastery. So he came to these wild lands and established his cabin here. Over time the monastery grew as more monks came here.

 

In the 16th century relative of Anastasia Romanova (wife of Ivan IV the Terrible) sacked these lands and stole everything he could carry away. It did not sway away its monks who stayed and rebuilt destroyed structures. In 1707 Church of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was completed. The founder of the monastery, Aleksandr Oshevensky is buried underneath its floor. In 1834 St. Nicholas Church was constructed. It is the only church on the grounds that are used for regular services today. Despite years of neglect they are surprisingly well preserved. The life of the Aleksandro-Oschevensky Monastery came to an abrupt end then atheistic Soviet government started massive persecution of religion and religious sites. This monastery was no exception. In 1928 it was closed and for the next 60 years it was used as a storage and village school. Today the monastery is still in poor condition, but it is open. New monks have settled here and they are facing a monumental task of rebuilding dilapidated old structures.

 

Aleksandro-Oschevensky Monastery Layout1. St. Nicholas Church    2. St. Aleksander Oschevensky Chapel    3. Uspenskaya Church (Assumption Church)     4. Bell Tower    5. Holy Gate   6. Utility Gate   7. Water Gate   8. West Gate   9. Towers    10. Igumen's (abbot) Quaters    11. Horses    12. Cattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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