Crimean Monastery resuming monastic life after 100 years

Sevastopol, Crimea, February 16, 2024

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the closure of the St. Vladmir Monastery in Chersonesos, Crimea, built on the site where St. Vladimir the Great was baptized in 988.

The monastery was constructed in the 19th century during the reign of Emperor Alexander II. It was closed in 1924 and its buildings were transferred to the Chersonesos Museum-Preserve. “In 2024, the time has come for a change and the restoration of monastic life in the Chersonesos Monastery,” the Museum writes.

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The beginning of the restoration of monastic life was officially marked yesterday with a Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Simferopol, concelebrated by his fellow Crimean bishops and clergy, reports the Metropolis of Crimea.

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“Undoubtedly, this is one of the most important events in the spiritual life not only of Crimea, but also of the whole of Russia, since this year marks the 100th anniversary of the closure of the glorious monastery built on the site of the Baptism of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir,” the Metropolis writes.

As St. Vladimir’s Cathedral is temporarily closed for restoration, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated on the territory of the ancient basilica of Tauric Chersonesos.


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During WWII, St. Vladimir’s Cathedral was seriously damaged, and in remained in that condition until 1994, when it was transferred back to the Russian Orthodox Church and the first Divine services began.

Five years later, the authorities decided to restore the cathedral, and on August 2, 2009, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrated the Divine Liturgy near the walls of the cathedral. And now the monastic life is also being restored.

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