Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Finland - New Valamo Monastery (FI-327329)

This card is an official one from Finland :) The sender writes that it's the Valamo Monastery of Orthodox Church in Finland and the photo was taken by one of the brothers in Valamo. So, of coruse, I decided to read more about it on Wikipedia :)
I was very surprised, when I searched for Valamo Monastery, because...

The Valaam Monastery, or Valamo Monastery is a stauropegic Orthodox monastery in Russian Karelia, located on Valaam, the largest island in Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe.

Russia?! Well, the postcard was definitely sent from Finland. And there were no writtings in Russian language on it :) Later I found information that there's New Valamo Monastery in Finland and that's where this postcards comes from :)

New Valamo (Uusi Valamo in Finnish) is an Orthodox monastery in Heinävesi, Finland. The monastery was established in 1940, when some 190 monks from Valaam Monastery in Karelia were evacuated from their old abode on a group of islands in Lake Laatokka (Ladoga) to Eastern Finland. The old (Valamo) Valaam Monastery was quite soon after the outbreak of the Second World War occupied by the armed forces of the Soviet Union. After a temporary dwelling place the monks decided to settle down in Heinävesi in Eastern Finland. The choice fell on a mansion in Papinniemi, Heinävesi, after the monks had found there, quite surprisingly, an icon of St. Sergius and St. Herman, the founders of Valaam (Valamo) monastery in the 12th century. The monks considered this to be a sign from God. Having received evacuees from the Konevsky (Konevitsa) and Pechenga (Petsamo) monasteries, it is now the only monastery for men of the Finnish Orthodox Church.


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