The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

Trifonov Pechenga Monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church is situated in the Murmansk region of Russia. It was founded in 1533 by a reverend Trifon of Pechenga, in the place where the Mana river flowed into the Pechenga river, however later, in 1548, it was relocated to a place more convenient for trade.

The monastery has a long and difficult history: it was attacked by the Finnish forces, set on fire and relocated again. Its final incarnation occurred in 1997. Today it holds relics of 116 martyrs who were killed in the monastery in 1589 by the Finns – subjects of the Swedish king.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

Hermitage near the Mana river.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

Just before his death, the founder of the monastery, Saint Trifon, gave a prophecy to its fraternity. According to him, the monastery would be destroyed and its friars would be horribly killed by the sword.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

His prophecy came true six years later – in December 1589.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

Buildings and temples of the monastery are wooden – it’s a tribute to the ancient traditions.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

Northern Russian architecture has nothing in common with white stone churches of the southern and central Russian churches.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

The first stone building on the Kola peninsular was only constructed in the early nineteenth century.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

The attacks of 1944 left the monastery in ruins.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

Abbot of the monastery’s residence.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

Once the re-construction works are finished, the monastery will consist of sixteen buildings: a temple, a sauna and laundry complex, a refectory, a hotel for pilgrims, dwelling premises and others.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

Altar.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

Hegumen of the monastery.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

In the foundations of the church, the archaeologists found a huge mass grave of those fighters who died for the liberation of Pechenga in 1944.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

Pictures depicting the history of the place.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

Refectory.

The Northernmost Russian Orthodox Monastery

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