Pavlo-Obnorsky Monastery

Vologodskaya oblast, Russia

Pavlo-Obnorsky Monastery was founded by Pavel of Obnora in 1414. In the 17th century, this was one of the most influential monasteries in Russia. The monastery was abolished in 1924 and reestablished in 1994. As of 2011, it was one of the four acting monasteries in Vologda Oblast.

The monastery was founded by Pavel of Obnora. Pavel was looking for a remote place, and the area in the 15th century was covered by dense forests. The rules of the monastery, established by Pavel, were very strict by Russian standards. The first hegumen of the monastery was Alexios, a disciple of Pavel, and Pavel himself never took any formal role in the monastery. Some of the icons by Dionisius, one of the most famous Russian icon painters, were made in the monastery and have been preserved in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. In 1538, the monastery was destroyed by Tatars. It was rebuilt, and the existing ensemble of the monastery was formed in the 16th-18th centuries. The idea was to build an image of New Jerusalem. To this end, two artificial hills were erected, one with a church and another one with a chapel. The monastery was abolished in 1924. The buildings were used to host a school, an orphanage, and a sanatorium. It was reestablished in 1994 as a metochion of the Spaso-Prilutsky Monastery. In 2003, the Pavlo-Obnorsky Monastery became an independent entity.

The ensemble of the monastery was pretty much neglected after the monastery was abolished in 1926. The restoration works started in 1990s. The ensemble consists of The Assumption Church (1867), The Resurrection Church (1862) and temporary wooden chapels. The Trinity Church, built between 1505 and 1516, has been demolished. The ensemble of the monastery, as well as separate buildings, are protected as cultural monuments of local significance.



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Founded: 1414
Category: Religious sites in Russia

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Елена Литвинова (2 years ago)
The most beautiful place! Nature is like in a fairy tale.
Любовь Иванова (3 years ago)
A small cozy monastery located away from the highway.
Света Коновалова (5 years ago)
We were passing through, but managed to stop in to pray. Some even managed to submit notes.
Наталия Болотина (5 years ago)
Beautiful, quiet, peaceful. Well-groomed and clean area, a lot of flowers... the relics of Pavel Obnorsky are located on the territory in a beautiful wooden chapel. We liked.
Дмитриева Оксана (5 years ago)
Quiet, picturesque place. It is very beautiful in winter, and in summer it will probably be no less beautiful. Here you can relax your soul after a noisy and hasty urban environment. The atmosphere of warmth, grace envelops from the first minutes of your stay, gradually opens up and does not leave you even after the end of the visit. The cat Celsius lives here (he was brought recently from the Spaso-Prilutsky Dimitriev Monastery). We came to visit him. Everything is very nice.
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