New Valamo Monastery, Heinavesi

#4 of 21 in Historic Sites in Southern Savonia
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New Valamo or New Valaam 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 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.The relocation of the monasteryIn 1939, during the Winter War, some 190 monks from the Valamo Monastery in Karelia were evacuated from their old abode on a group of islands in Lake Ladoga in the Viipuri Province to present Eastern Finland. The old Valamo Monastery was occupied by the armed forces of the Soviet Union quite soon after the outbreak of the Winter War.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 of Valaam, the founders of the 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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  • Nice buildings and polite personnel. In shop you can buy souvenirs and wine.. whisky and gin were out of stock. Place worth of visiting if you drive by.  more »
  • Peaceful place, nice buildings. Worth visiting. There is also a museum shop with monastery wine, tea, honey, spices, candles etc. We also had lunch - and it was buffet with basic Finnish food. Please....  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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