The Vedensky convent is located on an island in the middle lake of Vvedenskiy, 4 km from the veil. It can be reached in one of the two bridges, launched from the coast, and in winter on the ice. Most of the monasteries and dependencies of the island are wrapped in a canopy of huge trees. Above its branches are raised 5 Chapter cupolas of the Vedensky temple with strict domes shaped like black onions contrasting with the red brick “body” of the cathedral and stand out on the background of the surrounding vegetation. In winter, when the island is covered with snow, outside it merges with the lake, so the red walls of the church serve as a guide for pilgrims.
A little history
It is believed that the monastery was founded at the end of the 17th century, when two hermit monks built a small chapel and cells on one of the islands of Lake Vedensky. The elders wanted to live their assigned time in seclusion, but the picturesque island was already filled with pilgrims at the beginning of the 18th century, so it was decided to build a new spacious temple on the island. The monastery grew rapidly and prospered, a bell tower, a dining room and a hotel for the pilgrims were built. In 1918, the temple and its surroundings were nationalized, returning to the Church only in the 90’s.
The first wooden church was built by elderly hermit, dismantled and transferred to the Vladimir road, until the 1740’s. Now it is the place of tax collection.
¿What can you see?
The island contains two other churches; The Church of St Nicholas, which has been completely renovated for some years, and the Vedensky church, where the interior has not recovered yet. The monastery is famous for its rare murals and icons, including a wonderful painting of St. Aleksandra Nevskogo, who had lifted the mountain eyes.
Another chapel of the monastery is the relics of the old Cleopas, a local saint who was buried here. The monastery opened a shelter for children in the “Arca” street , where now 12 girls live and learn.
The lodging is known for the excellent hospitality of the nuns, who communicate with the guests with pleasure, sharing stories of the monastery life and thus take a small tour around the area. Most of the visitors stay to eat in the pilgrims’ dining room, where they serve a tasty cuisine made with local ingredients. In the monastery you can buy fresh and smoked fish caught just off the coast of the island; All proceeds go to charity. In summer, many pilgrims descend to the water to swim and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of Lake Vedensky.