The Vedensky Convent is situated on an island located on the middle lake of Vedenskiy, 4 km from the veil. It can be reached by one of the two bridges, launched from the coast, and in winter on ice. Most of the monasteries on the island are wrapped in a canopy of huge trees. Above its branches 5 chapter domes of the Vedensky temple are raised with strict black onions that contrast with the red brick “body” of the cathedral and stand out against the background of the surrounding vegetation. In winter, when the island is covered with snow and merges with the lake, 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 the two hermit monks built a small chapel and cells on one of the islands of Lake Vedensky. The elders wanted to spend their time in seclusion, but the picturesque island was visited by pilgrims as early as the early 18th century, so it was decided to built a new temple on the spacious island. The monastery grew rapidly and prospered, where a bell tower, a dining room and a hotel for the pilgrims were built. In 1918, the temple and its surroundings were nationalized, returning as a Church only in the 90’s.
The first wooden church was built by hermitage elders, disassembled and moved to the Vladimir Road, where it was home to tax collection until the 1740’s.
¿What can you see?
The island contains two churches, the Church of St. Nicholas, which has been completely renovated for a few years, and the church of Vedensky, where the interior of it has not recovered yet. The monastery is famous for its rare murals and icons, including a wonderful fresco of St. Aleksandra Nevskogo, who had lifted his eyes from the mountain. Another chapel of the monastery are the relics of the old Cleopas, a local saint who was buried here.
The monastery opened a shelter for children from the “Arca” street, where 12 girls are currently living and learning. The abode is known for the excellent hospitality of the nuns, who gladly communicate with the guests, sharing stories of the monastery life and to do a little tour around the area. Most visitors stay 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 where all proceeds go to charity. In summer, many of the pilgrims descend into the water to swim and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of Lake Vedensky.