Tradition has it that the original Monastery of Valamo was founded in the 12th century or no later than the 14th century. New Valamo or New Valaam is an Orthodox monastery in Heinävesi. The monastery was established in 1940, when some 190 monks from Valamo Monastery in Karelia were evacuated from their old abode on a group of islands in Lake Laatokka (Ladoga) to Eastern Finland. The old Valamo Monastery was quite soon after the outbreak of the Winter War occupied by the armed forces of the Soviet Union.

After a temporary dwelling place the monks decided to settle down in Heinävesi in Eastern Finland. The choice fell on a mansion in Papinniemi, Heinävesi, after the monks had found there, quite surprisingly, an icon of St. Sergius and St. Herman, the founders of Valaam (Valamo) monastery in the 12th century. The monks considered this to be a sign from God. Having received evacuees from the Konevsky (Konevitsa) and Pechenga (Petsamo) monasteries, it is now the only monastery for men of the Finnish Orthodox Church.

There is a museum in Valamo monastery exhibiting the life in Orthodox monasteries from 18th century to present. The exhibition also shows the rebuilding of the monastery in Heinävesi, its ecclesiastical and social relationships and its publishing activities. The liturgical items reveal the high level of technical and artistic expertise that the Russian craft and design industry had achieved.

Only some of the monastery’s treasures are on display. These artefacts are mainly from the 19th century, although some are even from the 17th and 18th centuries. Similar objects are usually not seen, even in church, as the communion objects, the benediction crosses and the ecclesiastical textiles are stored in the sanctuary and the storage areas. The old artefacts are still in use, even though most of them are rarely used.

The cultural centre also hosts special collections on a temporary basis. The Monastery of Valamo has its own restaurant, accommodation and diverse tourist services.

References: Wikipedia, Museums of Southern Savo

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Founded: 1940
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Independency (Finland)

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Grigorii Torkel (3 years ago)
A great place to find peace in a hasty world for both believers and non believers. Many come back from the monastery feeling renewed and happy. It is also a great place for those seeking to come closer to God by providing a calm and prayerful atmosphere. Valamo monastary is home to several miracle working icons and many relics. It also has fascinating history and tradition. The monastery is located in a scenic area surrounded by forests and next to a lake. It provides accommodations and the monastery's trapeza has great food. It also has a winery, gift shop, educational center that provides a wide range of courses throughout the year, a library, as well as several exhibitions.
Azez Fahme (3 years ago)
Great and good place to rest and relax
Alice B (3 years ago)
A peaceful, beautiful area of Finland steeped in history. Well worth a visit, if you remain respectful of the atmosphere and culture. Rules include silence between 10pm and 6am, no photography during services, and no photos of any personnel or those living there. I would also recommend coming closer to winter for the quieter season. Food is served from 6am until 6pm (9pm on Fridays and Saturdays). There's a range of pastries and sandwiches, or the lunch/dinner buffet. The latter is more expensive but the ingredients are quality. The local cat is also very friendly and worth watching out for ☺️
Jori Brander (3 years ago)
Nice, quiet place, as you can guess... Good possibilities to trail running too!
Juha-Matti Tamminen (3 years ago)
Great place if you need peace and silence. Good food, accomodation is nice, clean and well kept, they even have rooms for pet owners. Staff is cheerful and help in any way they can. There is a winery which sells its products, and they make also liquors and whiskey. Silence comes at 9pm, when everything closes and lights go out.
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