Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the reopening of the monastery of Valaam, the Neva Foundation has edited a book of photos take by Charles Xelot, illustrating the monastery of Valaam and its various chapels, located on the neighbor’s islands. This book has been given personally to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, by M. Timchenko on the 10th of July 2014, during the religious celebrations of the Holy founders of the monastery (SS. Sergius and Herman of Valaam ).
Founded according to the tradition of the 11th century, this orthodox monastery located on the northernmost of the Lagoda Lake in Karelia is the most ancient monastery of Russia, composed by seven churches including a cathedral. This archipelago gathering more than 50 islands offers a beautiful pristine nature. Valaam is a unique world, separated from the continent by the ice nearly nine months a year. Nowadays, 200 monks are part of the monastery, some of them under 35 years old, which never leave the island.
During four years through different seasons, a dozen of travels were necessary to create this book, issued in a limited, numbered edition of 200. This rare book will be given all year long within the orthodox community, in this high place of spirituality.
The monastery of Valaam is the witness of the Russian history where the paths of its civilization have been kept. This architectural and spiritual monument shows the Great Russian culture.