From a contemporary travel chronicle:*
Thursday, August 22, 2002
We crossed the Svir River, arriving at the renowned Monastery of St. Alexander of Svir.
The Monastery is composed of two separate clusters of buildings. The older section no longer functions as a Monastery, but rather as a mental hospital. The newer section is renovated and well equipped. It has an enormous interior courtyard with a free-standing Katholikon [main church] in the center. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »