Alania Assumption Monastery

In ancient times Alanian was one of the centers of christianity in the Caucasus. Once there were many orthodox churches and monasteries. , the monks prayed in the high mountains of Ossetia, also performed feats of faith, and in case of danger protected them from enemies. Today, many of them have been restored. One of these monasteries is the Alania Assumption Monastery, which appeared in the year 2000. From the high steep mountains, you can see the monastery, which was built in classic Byzantine style, it is difficult to imagine that the monastery has no more than two decades, it seems that it has always been here, and it was located in the middle of the mountains, the untied and strong Fiagdon river is under its stone walls. During its existence, the monastery was one of the main spiritual centers not only in Ossetia, but of all the south of Russia.

This incredible and holy abode does not have a long history. It takes its origin at the dawn of a new century and millennium. In April 2000, in the city of Beslan, in the old hotel for drivers the Alania Assumption Monastery was formed , which has become the most mountainous monastery in Russia. Initially there were very few brothers in the monastery, to be more exact, he was the only one with two monks, who had previously occupied the formation of Nicholas Rylsky’s monastery. The name and the base associated with the convent was given by the old Beslan, it was shortly before dying, blessed his disciples to go to the Caucasus and thus establish a new monastery.

The Alania Assumption Monastery was transferred to the temple of the Great Martyr: St Bárbara. After a while, the monastery moved to a new location, along with the monastery complex and its gray walls, producing a lasting impression.

It was not chosen by chance: still in the 19th century the temple of the Santa Mirra-Bearers was built, rebuilt in our days by the efforts of our brothers. Also, in the territory of the monastery a body of fraternity was built, as well as a new and spacious church in honor to the Iberian icon of the Mother of God.

Over time, the monastery became one of the main spiritual centers not only in Ossetia, but also in the south of Russia, together with the convent of Alania. Here, not far from the walls of the monastery, a few kilometers away the main sanctuary of Ossetia, the iberian icon of the Mother of God is found, which was donated by the Holy Queen Tamara. In the hard years of World War II, the image has been lost and, according to legend, when all orthodox monasteries of Alanian were restored, the icon was recovered.

The monastery church of the Iberian Mother of God was built in Byzantine style, these monasteries and churches can be found throughout the vast territory of the ancient empire of the Romans, from Serbia to Turkey, and of course, in the Caucasus. The gray stone was built with bright red tile roofs, with items in the background of the mighty blue-green mountains and a winding stream.

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