Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

There is an interesting place in the Voronezh region of Russia – the legendary cave of Pridonye. This cave is a part of the two-throne Kostomarovo Saviour Cave Convent. No matter how religious you are, this place can impress absolutely anyone. Don’t you believe?

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

On the way to the convent.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

This is that very Kostomarovo. One of the oldest villages of Pridonye.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

This place is often called “Russian Palestina” because some parts of the local landscape resemble Palestinian shrines: Gethsemane, Kedron, Golgotha with a cross on its top etc.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

This is the land temple built in honour of the icon of the Mother of God – “In search of the perishing”. In the bakground are small cell-caves of local hermits.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

These are the structures of Kostomarovo Saviour Cave Convent.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

On this picture you can see the main sight of the place – the Cathedral of the Holy Image of the Savior. The main altar is made in honor of the Holy Image of the Savior itself while the left side chapel – in honour of holy martyrs Vera, Nadezhda, Lubov and their mother Sophia.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

This is a residential housing: hotels for pilgrims, nursing corps and something else in scaffolding.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

The entry to the Convent is carved in cretaceous outcrops so popular in the Voronezh region.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

The desert landscape observed from above. There is no mobile connection even on the top.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

Historians suppose that the convent could be founded in the VIII-IX centuries A.D. Heretics were widely persecuted in that period and allegedly they finally escaped to these places and founded the convent here.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

“Please, do not write on the temple walls and on the cretaceous outcrops”.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

Such a “self-service area”.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

Some rooms of the Cathedral are closed for visitors.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

The arches of the cave are supported by twelve cretaceous columns. Before the revolution the entry of the cathedral was reliably fortified and could withstand a long siege. Besides it has a well and a disguised emergency exit.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

This is the main throne. Only several candles and lamps light this place of the convent.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

The main shrine of the convent – the Icon of Kostomarovo portraying Valaam Mother of God. According to the legend it was given to the convent by Emperor Alexander I. One can notice bullet holes on the icon: they say that one Red Army man shot six times aiming at the faces of Jesus Christ and his Mother but missed. In 2002 this icon started to secrete myrrh thought it was depicted on the iron.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

There is no much information known about the convent of Kostomarovo. However it could be a small secluded monastery belonging to Belogorsky Male Monastery full of ascetics.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

In the background is a niche for relics.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

The legend says that here used to be a shroud of Christ with an image of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. It was lost without a trace in the times of the revolution.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

Iconography of this one was more typical for the art of the Renaissance.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

The shot Valaam Mother of God.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

One more icon with Christ and his Mother next to the Holy Doors.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

But let us enter the left side chapel of holy martyrs Vera, Nadezhda, Lubov and their mother Sophia. Have you ever seen icons carved right in the сretaceous rocks? One master from Belgorod knows how to do it!

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

This side chapel was built in the 40s.

By the way do you see numerous mosquitos on the picture above?

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

It’s the escape exit.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

Fresh air makes you finally feel giddy.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

Sisters are going to pray.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

These are the cells of hermits. They were communicating with other monks and pilgrims only through little windows – to take food and notes asking to pray.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

The сretaceous rocks are rather soft here so it is subject to high humidity and formation of green algae. In fact all caves of Kostomarovo suffer high humidity though it is never cold there even in winter.

They say that hermits who lived here looked so terrible that could scare any villager. They spent days and night in prayers…

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

This cave temple was built in honor of Reverend Seraphim of Sarov. The building started in 1903 but fully completed only recently.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

The convent refectory and the house of the abbess.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

The temple of Reverend Seraphim of Sarov inside. The spectacle is wonderful.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

Interesting enough that divine services are perfomed here only twice a year – on the days of Reverend Seraphim of Sarov’s memory.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

One more view of the refrectory.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

It’s the entry ot the Cave of Repentance.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

It is really wet there!

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

Inside is such a long corridor with icons carved in its walls. It helps the sinner to reach the confession, leaving all the fuss behind.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

The icons are ceramic.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

The ceiling is becoming only lower while you move on. In the confession room anyone will have to bow. The confessed person did penance and had to perform hard physical work at the temple. On that piece of paper a prayer for contemporary visitors is written.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

The excursion is over, it’s time to leave.

Unique Cave Convent Of Legends

“Taking photos and videos are forbidden in the temple”.

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3 thoughts on “Unique Cave Convent Of Legends”

  1. Is there any explanation as to your disrespect and why you violated the rules of the shrine? How old are you people?

    Are we supposed to think you are cool now?

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  2. thank you for showing us these things,it’s nice to see religion and worship so far from big city’s. I would love to have been able to hear the bells

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  3. The photographs were taken by a professional photographer, respectfully, and with the permission of the Abbess of the convent.

    Reply

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