The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery was founded on the spot where hieromonk Filaret, who came from Moscow to Kazan in 1613 made for himself a skit. In 1661, Metropolitan of Kazan Lavrenty blessed the base for monastery and in 1662 the construction began. Chronicle of major events published on the site of the monastery and a detailed history of the monastery can be read on website www.raifa.ru. Raithu Bogoroditsky monastery is the largest active monastery of the Kazan Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Along the monastery wall - panels describing the local fauna

Along the monastery wall – panels describing the local fauna

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery was founded in the 17th century by hermit Filaret. On the eve of the revolution in the monastery were up to 80 monks and novices. In 1918, the monastery was officially closed. In 1930, on charges of «counter-revolutionary, anti-Soviet activities», the last monks: Serge, Joseph, Anthony, Varlaam, Iov and novice Pyotr were arrested. The same year, they had all been shot (in 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church glorified them in venerated as martyrs of Raifa).

Another major temple of the monastery is the Cathedral of the Georgian Mother of God, built in 1835-1842 by architect MP Korinfsky

Another major temple of the monastery is the Cathedral of the Georgian Mother of God, built in 1835-1842 by architect MP Korinfsky

Attraction of the monastery are also silent frogs that do not croak near the monastery. According to legend, one day the monks of the Raifa Monastery asked God for mercy – to save them from the croaking of frogs, to prevent them from singing. A miracle happened – frogs fell silent. And silent to this day, although on the banks of the wonderful lake, where there is a monastery Raifa they are found in abundance. Many, including foreign scientists have tried to debunk this myth. French toads brought here – near the monastery walls fell silent. But a kilometer from the monastery they started to jump excitedly, and then poured in a loud booming croaking. Silence of frogs – a miracle faced by everyone coming to Raifa.

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity was built in 1910

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity was built in 1910

Elegant wrought iron patterns over the entrances to the building

Elegant wrought iron patterns over the entrances to the building

The road to the monastery

The road to the monastery

There are many sculptures. Some sculptures - ornamental

There are many sculptures. Some sculptures – ornamental

This chapel stands directly over the southern wall of the monastery, located near the shores of Lake

This chapel stands directly over the southern wall of the monastery, located near the shores of Lake

This is a monument to reconciliation. It is dedicated to all those who died in Raifa monastery during the Civil War

This is a monument to reconciliation. It is dedicated to all those who died in Raifa monastery during the Civil War

view of the monastery

view of the monastery

Walls of monastery

Walls of monastery

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

stone bas-relief of St. John

stone bas-relief of St. John

stone bas-relief of St. Luke

stone bas-relief of St. Luke

stone bas-relief of St. Mark

stone bas-relief of St. Mark

stone bas-relief of St. Matthew

stone bas-relief of St. Matthew

On the south wall of the Cathedral - the Mother of God depicted in stone

On the south wall of the Cathedral – the Mother of God depicted in stone

on the top of the tower - trumpeting angel

on the top of the tower – trumpeting angel

On the way to the monastery - several sculptures. One of them - a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows

On the way to the monastery – several sculptures. One of them – a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows

On the way to the monastery - welcoming cat

On the way to the monastery – welcoming cat

On the western side of the monastery area from 7.00 to 20.45 open chapel with holy water

On the western side of the monastery area from 7.00 to 20.45 open chapel with holy water

Outside the walls of the monastery angel sculpture

Outside the walls of the monastery angel sculpture

Outside the walls of the monastery are also many different sculptures

Outside the walls of the monastery are also many different sculptures

Outside the walls of the monastery sculpture of a cat

Outside the walls of the monastery sculpture of a cat

forest reserve on the lake

forest reserve on the lake

The hotel, designed for 80 people

The hotel, designed for 80 people

The house for the pilgrims

The house for the pilgrims

Next to the house a few buildings for pilgrims

Next to the house a few buildings for pilgrims

Wood sculptures of bears

Wood sculptures of bears

Raifa monastery cat

Raifa monastery cat

Raifa monastery cat

Raifa monastery cat

Raifa monastery cat

Raifa monastery cat

Raifa monastery cat

Raifa monastery cat

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery in January 2015

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery in January 2015

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery in January 2015

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery in January 2015

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery in January 2015

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery in January 2015

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery on 19 January 2015

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery on 19 January 2015

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery on 19 January 2015

The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery on 19 January 2015

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