Antonievo-Siysky Monastery

Arkhangelsk, Russia

The Russian Orthodox Antonievo-Siysky Monastery was founded by Saint Anthony of Siya deep in the woods, 90 km to the south of Kholmogory, in 1520. Currently the monastery is located in Kholmogorsky District of Arkhangelsk Oblast in Russia, inside the nature protected area, Siysky Zakaznik.

Following the saint's death in 1556, the monastery grew on the salt trade with Western Europe and developed into one of the foremost centres of Christianity in the Russian North. Ivan the Terrible and his son Feodor granted it important privileges and much land. By 1579, the monastery owned 50 versts of ploughlands stretching towards Kargopol.

In 1599, Boris Godunov exiled his political opponent Feodor Romanov to this remote monastery. While many of his relatives were starved to death in other cloisters, Feodor took monastic vows and was eventually raised to the dignity of hegumen (abbot) of the monastery. Later he became the Patriarch of Moscow, and his son Mikhail established the Romanov dynasty of Russian tsars.

In the 17th century, the monastery continued to prosper. The large Trinity cathedral was constructed over the years 1587–1608. The tent-like church and refectory were completed by 1644, and the belfry was added in 1652. The monastic library was one of the richest in Russia and included such books as the Siysky Gospel from 1339 and the 16th-century album of 500 Western religious etchings adapted to Eastern Orthodox canonical requirements. Its treasury was famed for its collection of medieval jewelry. In 1764, the monastery owned more than 3,300 male peasants.

In 1923, the monastery was disbanded. Both library and treasury were taken to Moscow or Arkhangelsk. The medieval buildings were used as a sanatorium and a kolkhoz. The monks were readmitted to the cloister in 1992 and immediately began emergency repair works.



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Founded: 1520
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Александр Панин (15 months ago)
Древний монастырь, расположенный на полуострове, попасть в который можно с трассы М8. Очень хотелось увидеть эту обитель и мы всей семьёй посетили её летом 2021 года, ну в очень жаркое время. Скажу сразу, что монастырь маленький и ходить там можно совсем не везде, кругом таблички, что проход запрещен. Музея нет, храм был открыт всего один, где удалось приложиться к мощам святого преподобного Антония. Но тишина и красота природы..... Это что то!!! Очень впечатление сильное!!! В монастыре есть небольшая лавка, где можно приобрести одноразовые юбки для женщин, оригинально кстати очень, есть книги, можно попить чай. У главного собора могила подвижника Василия, близкого соратника Патриарха Никона, очень впечатлила его жизнь.
Марина Белесова (15 months ago)
Beauty!! Peace of mind. How I love this place.
Вера Ферапонтова (15 months ago)
Очень понравилось. Чувство покоя и защиты не покидает и хочется вернуться. Надеюсь так и будет.
Юлиана Прус (16 months ago)
Летом 2021 года это 2/10. Вся территория перекрыта табличками «Проход запрещён». Так называемая экспозиция внутри церкви — распечатанные фотографии А4. Здесь нет животных. Творог, молоко и т.д. больше не продают. Словом, делать особо нечего. В храме нет привычных платков и юбок для тех, кто забыл, зато можно купить одноразовые. С точки зрения гигиены это лучше, но выглядит специфично — как будто намотала на себя одноразовые скатерти. Кстати, носить их нужно не только в помещении храма, но и на улице. То есть сфотографироваться здесь не получится. Отдельно отмечу поведение сотрудников/служителей. Например, в церкви перед нами просто демонстративно захлопнули дверь в один из залов. На улице один из служителей сделал замечание потому что мы были без платков, и в его речи не было слов «здравствуйте», «извините», «пожалуйста», начал он свой спич со слов: «Так, во-первых...» Религия религией, но всё-таки элементарные правила вежливости никто не отменял. А здесь до сих пор чувствуется агрессия в сторону женщин, и находиться из-за этого тут неприятно. Возможно, если вы верующий человек и едете с религиозными целями, то у вас останется другое впечатление от поездки. А если вы собираетесь приехать сюда как турист, чтобы посмотреть на историческое место, то не стоит тратить время и бензин
Jabar Singh (17 months ago)
A very peaceful and scenic place. Location is very pristine. Highly recommended. A small cafe place in the campus also sells good souvenirs.
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