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Pechersky Ascension Monastery (Печерский Вознесенский монастырь) (Nizhny Novgorod)

Pechersky Ascension Monastery

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Pechersky Ascension Monastery

Pechersky Ascension Monastery is a seat of Bishop of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas. It was constructed in 1328- 1330 by Saint Dionysius and two fellow monks who came here from Kiev Pechersk Lavra. They named their new monastery after home abbey. Initially Pechersky Ascension Monastery was nothing more than a cave dug in the side of the hill, overtime they become famous and people started to come here. With the help of volunteers they constructed a cathedral of Lord Ascension. However it was destroyed in 1597 after a land slide that undermined its base. Fortunately no one was killed since it happened at night, but it became clear this unstable ground will not support growing number of people. New monastery was established higher on the hill. Most of the churches and walls were constructed in the middle of the 17th century.

 

Abbot of Pechersky Ascension Monastery Archimandrite Feodosius became famous for his role in convincing Count Pozharsky to lead army gathered by Minin against Polish armies that were in Moscow at the time. Monks of the monastery later helped Peter the Great in his struggle against the Swedish Empire. They melted monastery bells and turned them into cannons that were so necessary for the modernized Russian Army.

 

The monastery was an important center for humanitarian cause. It contained hospital, hospice and many living quarters intended for life of elderly and sick. The trouble for the monks came when Russian Revolution of 1917 overthrew monarchy in the country. The monastery influence and positive image became too much of the threat for the newly established Bolshevik government. Pechersky Monastery was closed in 1924 by NKVD (secret police) and its possessions were stolen by the government. It was reopened in 1994 and returned to the Russian Orthodox Church.

 

 

 

 


 

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