Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Antoniyevo-Siysky Monastery (Антониево-Сийский монастырь)

It isn’t easy to get to Antoniyevo-Siysky Monastery (Антониево-Сийский монастырь); only pilgrims usually venture to go there. Why would one go there and what are the difficulties?

The monastery is quite old; it has been founded in 1520. About a century later the father of Michael, first Romanov tsar (цар Михаил Романов), Fyodor Nikitich Romanov (Феодор Никитич Романов) had been exiled in this monastery. So this is an historic spot.

The monastery lies quite close to the M8 and has an easy access, if you have a car. The monastery is about 150 km South of Arkhangelsk and you don’t have public transport. It isn’t easy to rent a car in Arkhangelsk and I’ll tell later, how we succeeded to rent a car. You can have a look at Google maps – here’s the link:,41.556129&spn=0.00538,0.01487&sll=64.533996,40.577273&sspn=0.010389,0.02974&t=h&z=16.

A winding road next to lakes took us to the gate of the monastery. We’ve seen a couple of perplexed monks as nobody expected tourists coming to the monastery with the holy trinity cathedral. The cathedral has been built on a peninsula of Mikhailovskoye Lake. I’ve read about 13 monks living there and 60 workers. The numbers might not be right, but give an impression. There’s lots of work still to be done to counteract, what time and times have been doing to the buildings. The cloister has been reopened in 1992; before it served different purposes. The last (current?) abbot’s (Архимандриты) name is Varlaam (Варлаам Дульский).

At unter you can find an old drawing and compare it with the pictures, I show here.

Coming near to the monastery 

Entering the yard of the monastery

In the yard of the monastery 

Grave of  Antoniyevo-Siysky (Антоний Сийский)

The only modern room one can see, shop for ikona
Ikona of Antoniyevo-Siysky/ Прп. Антоний Сийский, современная икона:

You may compare my picture with this link:
Antoniyevo-Siysky Monastery (Антониево-Сийский монастырь) during Winter,26.31,88.1  

Related links for this travel:
On changing Moldovan Lei in Odessa  
The Very Basic Guide to Russian  
Crime and Punishment (St. Petersburg)  
Hram Ilias – the hidden silence near the Red Place in Moscow  
Kishinev – the prologue of this year’s travels  


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