New Valamo Monastery, Heinavesi

New Valamo or New Valaam (Finnish: Valamon luostari, or more informally, especially in the postal address: Uusi-Valamo, Swedish: Valamo nya kloster) is an Orthodox monastery in Heinävesi, Finland. The monastery was established in its present location in 1940. However, the tradition of the Valamo monastery dates back to 1717. The monastery was then originally established on Valaam (also known historically by the Finnish name Valamo) which is an archipelago in the northern portion of Lake Ladoga, lying within the Republic of Karelia in the Russian Federation.

The New Valamo Monastery is nowadays an active centre of the Orthodox religious life and culture in Finland. The monastery welcomes visitors throughout the year. The peaceful atmosphere of the monastery and close proximity to nature offer the hurried people in the busy world of today a rare opportunity to relax − far from the bustle and noise of everyday life.
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  • This is a monastery that is still up and running. Lots of wood and in a lovely forest and lakeside location. It’s orthodox so there’s gold coloured wood. We wandered the grounds and had a snack at...  more »
  • Interesting Place. Religious Spirit, some paintings, and building details were luckily saved from original Valamo Monastery, which was located on the island at Lake Laattokka. Original monastery is...  more »
  • We all had a wonderful experience at the monastery. Be sure to get a tour from one of the monks. There was a lot of information imparted on the history of the order and their "sisu".
  • Nice place to visit for those who are interested in the historical side of orthodox christianity. All in all, this place is a bit touristy. There is a huge gift shop, a restaurant and a changing themed display. The monastery sells their own berry wines and licqueurs, honey and various other goods. It is a bit unclear how much of these are actually manufactured on the premises. Guides are very helpful and friendly.
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