Crimean monastery restored after devastating mudslide

Alushta, Crimea, October 14, 2021

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Reconstruction at Sts. Cosmas and Damian Monastery in Crimea following a summer downpour and mudslide was completed in time for the 165th anniversary of the holy habitation.

Torrential downpours in early August resulted in a mudslide that brought with it fragments of trees, stones, and clay, and the river passing through the territory of the monastery overflowed its banks, washing the road away.

The retaining walls and storage rooms with food and firewood and coal for the winter were severely damaged, the entire park area was destroyed, including centuries-old trees, and the refectory was ruined.

A thanksgiving moleben for the completion of the restoration was served after the Divine Liturgy at the monastery on Saturday, which was also the 165th anniversary of the foundation of the monastery, reports the Crimean Diocese.

The celebrations were led by His Grace Bishop Kallinik of Bakhchisarai, vicar of the Diocese of Simferopol and Crimea.

Following the service, the trustees, patrons, and benefactors of the monastery were awarded a commemorative medal in honor of the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Alexander Nevsky for their significant contribution to the development and restoration of the monastery.

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