Valaam Monastery will soon be more accessible to pilgrims

Valaam, February 8, 2022

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About 150,000 pilgrims visit Holy Transfiguration-Valaam Monastery in northern Russian every year. Located on an island in Lake Ladoga, the monastery is accessible only by boat, but the existing piers can’t handle the load.

The tourist flow passes through the towns of Priozersk, Leningrad Province, and Sortavala, Republic of Karelia. Pursuant to the monastery’s appeal, a new pier will be built to help transport the large flow of pilgrims, reports the Russian Church’s Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism.

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“The monastery appealed to the regional government with an initiative to expand the existing facility in Priozersk. We’re ready to provide assistance,” Governor Alexander Drozdenko of the Leningrad Province said at a recent meeting with monastery representatives.

The construction of a new pier complex is provided for in the new draft of the General Plan of the town of Priozersk.

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