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Holy Trinity-Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery
Nizhny Novgorod and surrounding
Architecture,  Unusual places,  Pilgrimage,  Temples, Churches
Architecture, 
Unusual places, 
Pilgrimage
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According to an ancient chronicle, the image of the Mother of God appeared to the nun Alexandra of the Ascension Convent and ordered to go on a pilgrimage to the holy places of Russia to find a place to establish a monastery, the greatest one in history and the world. Thus began the history of the Orthodox nunnery built in the village of Diveyevo near Nizhny Novgorod in the 18th century, which remains the largest monastic abode in Russia, as the Queen of Heaven bequeathed. The Monk Alexandra asked Seraphim of Sarov, known for his devoutness, to take care of the new monastery. But only after solitude, fasting, and silence did the wise elder agreed to take on duties, open the doors of his cell, and devote his life to loving people languishing for relief and caring of the Diveyevo Monastery, which was just a small Kazan church back then. The construction of the majestic Trinity Cathedral began about 15 years after the death of the patron saint of the modern Holy Trinity-Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery. It lasted 27 years, but by 1917 the Diveyevo Monastery has become the largest monastery. Back then, there were about 300 nuns and 1,500 novices in the monastery, and only 250 inhabitants in the village. In Soviet times, the ancient Russian shrine had been closed, but it survived this period and held a solemn return of the relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov from the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg in 1991.

Today, the monastery is home to 400 nuns. It is considered an important pilgrimage center for Orthodox Christians. The Diveyevo Monastery houses seven functioning churches, including the white-stone Annunciation Cathedral and the golden-domed Transfiguration Cathedral with the relics of Blessed Paraskeva, who predicted the end of the Romanov dynasty. But the main shrine of the monastery is the Holy Groove (Kanavka), designed to serve as a protective wall against the Antichrist and various evil spirits.

Address: Sovetskaya str 11, Diveyevo

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