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Russia, Kaluga, Darwin street, 13/33

Kaluga, Kaluga region 248000



(4842) 57-71-25

Kazan Convent (new)

- an Orthodox convent in Kaluga, founded at the beginning of the 17th century. The monastery was closed in 1918 and reopened in 1992.


The monastery arose in Kaluga shortly after the Time of Troubles at the beginning of the reign of Mikhail Fedorovich. At the beginning of the 17th century. Abbesses had already been appointed to it. At first, the monastery did not have its own church, and its nuns attended services in the parish church in honor of Elijah the Prophet. In 1629, a wooden church in honor of St. Alexy, Metropolitan of Moscow, was assigned to the monastery.

On August 21, 1899, the foundation stone of the five-domed Kazan Cathedral took place, which was consecrated on July 19, 1903. The cathedral was built in the Byzantine style, the middle dome was supported by 4 pillars. There were 3 altars in it: the central one in honor of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, the northern one in honor of the Czestochowa Icon of the Mother of God and the southern one in honor of St. Alexy, the man of God. The central chapel had a four-tiered iconostasis; in the western part of the cathedral there were choirs.

The monastery was surrounded by a stone fence with two gates. Inside the monastery there was a large stone bell tower and monastery buildings: a hospital building, cells for the abbess and sisters. On the site of the first monastery church there was a small chapel where the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God was located. Another chapel belonging to the monastery was at the Smolenskaya Zastava (at the end of the current Smolenskaya Street). There was a hospice house at the monastery.

Until 1917, the monastery was third-class. The main occupation of the nuns was sewing linen, knitting and gold embroidery. During the Eastern War in 1878, a detachment of sisters of mercy of 10 novices was formed in the monastery.

In 1918 the monastery was closed. To preserve monastic life there, the nuns of the monastery organized a women's labor artel here. The artel operated a hospital and a workshop for sewing and repairing shoes. As of July 28, 1922, 118 nuns and novices lived and worked in the monastery. In July 1922, by decision of the Revolutionary Tribunal, a commission was created to liquidate the Kazan Monastery in Kaluga, the monastery property was described and confiscated, and part of it in October 1924 was transferred to the historical museum of Kaluga. A group of nuns were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 6 months to 1.5 years, and the rest were evicted. On June 28, 1931, under the article for “counter-revolutionary activities,” the monastery’s confessor, Fr. John Zaretsky, Abbess Angelina (Gulyaeva) and several nuns of the former Kaluga Kazan Monastery.

From 1925 to the present, the building of the Kazan Monastery Cathedral has been used as a storage facility for the State Archive. During the fire during the liberation of Kaluga from German occupation in 1941, all the monastery buildings, except for the Kazan Cathedral, burned down. In the 60s XX century A two-story building was added to the altar part of the cathedral, which housed a reading room and work rooms of the State Archive of the Kaluga Region. Currently, the cathedral building is in disrepair.

On February 10, 1992, the Kazan nunnery in Kaluga resumed its activities in the form of a monastic community, which was first located in a small wooden house at 44 Tulskaya Street, where the Kaluga diocesan administration was located during the years of Soviet power. The sisters did not have their own church and went to the nearest parish church in honor of St. Nicholas. Since August 1995, the monastery has been located in the building of a former religious school with a house church in honor of St. Gury, Archbishop of Kazan. In the same building there is an Orthodox gymnasium and the Kaluga Theological School with a boarding house for 45 people.

Kazan nunnery in Kaluga

Icon of the Kazan Mother of God
From the first days of our monastic life, we received special support and spiritual help from Mother Abbess Nikolai, abbess of the St. Nicholas Chernoostrovsky Maloyaroslavets Monastery. Mother Nicholas studied monastic life from many modern elders, both living and deceased. She was the spiritual daughter of the elder Schema-Archimandrite Michael, who died in Bose, and corresponded with the elder John Krestyankin, with the Athonite elder Joseph the monk, the spiritual child of the elder Joseph the hesychast. Mother Abbess drank the spiritual honey of the instructions of the elders Father Nikolai Guryanov, Father Pavel Gruzdev, Father Jerome of Sanaksar, Father Kirill Pavlov and many other confessors. A special spiritual relationship connects Mother with the modern elders Schema-Archimandrite Eli and Schema-Archimandrite Blasius. Thanks to Mother, these spiritual mentors help us too. Mother Abbess has become a spiritual mother for all of us, to whom we turn for guidance and help in all difficult situations that arise in our monastic life.

The cover of prayers of Mount Athos extends over the Maloyaroslavets Monastery thanks to the ardent love of Mother Abbess Nikolai for the Garden of the Most Pure Mother of God. Modern Athonite ascetics, abbots of monasteries, kalivs and cells, and just monks, love to come to the St. Nicholas Monastery, because there they feel the Athonite spirit of real monasticism close to their hearts. The Chernoostrovsky monastery became a sprout of the spiritual Garden of the Most Pure Mother of God, and not only blossomed, but also bore fruit. Many sisters of the monastery headed other monasteries in the cities and villages of our country, from Khabarovsk to Essentuki, trying to plant the same shoots of strict monastic life in new monasteries in order to bear fruit a hundredfold.

It is difficult to express the gratitude to God that we feel having this large monastic family.

The temple is the heart of the monastery; the main obedience of the sisters in the monastery is prayer. In their liturgical life, the sisters find strength in bearing the monastic cross and consolation in sorrowful circumstances.

But in monastic life, any obedience takes on a special meaning, since it is performed for the Glory of God. Monastic works are salvific and filled with deep spiritual content. The sisters, with equal joy and zeal, try to sing in the choir, or dig the soil in the garden, do handicrafts, or wash the dishes. The sisters love the monastery and thank God for the opportunity to be saved in this holy place.

Monasticism is a mystery, but spiritually experienced monks who have comprehended this mystery say: “Monasticism is bliss.”

Current state[edit]

Since the day of its resumption, the monastery has been engaged in charity work. The main attention is paid to people who are deprived of the opportunity to attend church - the sick, disabled and elderly - so that they can fully participate in the church sacraments of Baptism, Unction, and Communion of the Holy Mysteries. The monastery takes care of children with cerebral palsy who are being treated at the Kaluga-Bor sanatorium. Since 1992, a sisterhood has been operating at the monastery. Members of the sisterhood help in implementing charitable programs.

The monastery has a communal charter with a common meal, obediences, and mandatory attendance at church services, which take place in the Church of Gury of Kazan. Classes are regularly held with the nuns of the monastery, during which the Holy Scriptures and the works of the Holy Fathers are studied, issues of spiritual life are considered, and a procession of the Cross is held daily with the reading of the Rule of the Theotokos.

Founding history

Since 2005, two nuns began to live at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the village of Senino-Pervoye. One of them, the current abbess, Abbess Vitaly (Kochetova), recalls that the blessing for residence was given by Archimandrite Anthony from Optina Hermitage. It is only 20 km away from Senino. At that time, the Assumption Church, near which the nuns settled, was almost ruins. An architectural monument of the 19th century, it was closed from the first years of Soviet power (1928).

It is known that the last rector was Priest Nikolai Bruni. A man of complex destiny, rich biography - musician, painter, pilot, engineer, he became a priest according to a vow given to the Most Pure Virgin during a terrible plane crash (1917). Father Nikolai was the spiritual son of St. Nectarius of Optina. After the death of the elder, the ban on religious services and the liquidation of the community, the priest worked for some time as an engineer, but then was arrested, sentenced to prison, where he was shot (1938).

The closed former Assumption Church housed first a local school, then a warehouse, a forge, a repair shop, and finally a chemical fertilizer warehouse. The altar was filled with rubbish, and by the 1990s the building itself was partially destroyed. And Senino, once part of the Rodina collective farm, also began to go bankrupt. The sisters recall that only obedience to their confessor prompted them not only to stay, but also, in spite of difficult conditions, to believe that sooner or later there would be a monastic monastery here.

Therefore, the ruined and deserted Assumption Church immediately became a place of prayer. Prayer services were constantly held here. In addition, the nuns made a religious procession every day, reading an akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God, awaiting Her help. After 4 years (2009) it was possible to consecrate St. Nicholas of Myra, where regular services began. The women's community began to grow. After 11 years of labor and prayer, the number of nuns reached several dozen.


  • Ark with the relics of St. Gury of Kazan
  • Icons with the relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Optina Elders, St. John of Suzdal, St. John of Tobolsk, St. Ignatius of Rostov, St. Philaret of Moscow and St. Innocent of Moscow
  • Cross with a particle of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord
  • Relics of the Savvait martyrs in the ark
  • Reliquary cross
  • Ancient image of the icon of the Mother of God “Kazan” (XVII century)

Savior of the Miraculous Deserts[edit]

Date of foundation

: 2001


: active


: Kaluga region, Kozelsky district, village. Klykovo


: (48442) 7-01-25

Official site:

: https://klikovo.ru/

In 1993, the Bishop's Compound was formed at the Spassky Church in Klykovo. Since 2001 a monastery. To date, the monastery has 2 functioning churches, a bell tower has been rebuilt, a fence with the Holy Gates, 3 wooden cell buildings, outbuildings have been erected, and a stone refectory building with a temple is being built.

At 3 km southwest of the monastery there is a holy spring in honor of the icon of the Mother of God, the Life-Giving Spring.

Patronal holidays[edit]

Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary

- August 28

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

- September 21

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra, Saint

— May 22, December 19

Thekla of Iconium, Equal to the Apostles, First Martyr

- October 7th

Kazan Ambrosievskaya women's hermitage (Shamordinsky monastery)[edit]

Date of foundation

: 1884


: active


: 249706, Kaluga region, Kozelsky district, p/o Kamenka, Shamordino, monastery

Help desk phone number:

, call from 10.30 to 16.30 (except Sundays).

Official site:


Kazan Amvrosievskaya Hermitage (unofficial name Shamordinsky Monastery) is a stauropegial convent of the Russian Orthodox Church, located near the village of Shamordino, Kaluga region, 12 km north of Optina Hermitage. The monastery was founded in 1884 by the Monk Ambrose of Optina according to the will of his spiritual daughter, nun Ambrosia (Klyucharyeva, 1818-1881) and at her expense.

How to get there[edit]


249731, Kaluga region, Kozelsky district, Senino-Pervoe village, st. Central

The Feklin Monastery is located in the southeast of the Kozelsky district of the Kaluga region, near the border with the Tula region, in the village of Senino-Pervoye.



Official site:




No matter where you get from, if you travel on your own, then your main task is to get to the city of Kozelsk or to Optina Pustyn. Buses run from Moscow to Kozelsk and Optina from Teply Stan station.

Next, the easiest and most convenient option is to take a taxi to the village of Senino-Pervoye (tell the driver if he doesn’t know that the monastery is located at the end of the village). The cost of a taxi is about 400 rubles.

Another option, but not always possible: cars from the monastery often go to Optina or Kozelsk on business, and if you agree in advance, we can take you to the monastery.


On the Kozelsk-Sosensky road, opposite Optina Pustyn, turn to the Mechanical Plant (there is a sculpture of a truck, the sign says Chernysheno, Belev). You turn there and drive along the main road all the time. At the first Worship Cross (it’s big and yellow, it’s impossible not to notice) you turn left, at the second - right, then through the village to the monastery.

Contact numbers:

8-910-863-09-70 abbess, abbess Vitaly

8-910-529-77-86 dean, nun Theodora

8-910-542-41-43 assistant dean, nun Thekla

8-910-706-01-76 hotel sister, novice Elena

8-962-370-04-50 office (it’s better to write here on Whatsapp)

In the village of Senino there is very weak mobile communication; telephones can only be picked up in certain places, so you may not be able to get through the first or even the second time. If you can’t reach the right sister, try calling another one. As a last resort - write SMS or email - the sisters will receive messages as soon as they are within the network coverage area and will contact you.

Mother of God and Nativity maiden hermitage[edit]

Date of foundation

: 1995


: active


Russia, Kaluga region, Dzerzhinsky district, village. Baryatino


+7 (48434) 2-37-45

Contact page:


The Nativity of the Virgin Hermitage is located 7 kilometers from the city of Kondrovo in the village. Baryatin. The monastery was founded at the church in honor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1995.

The temple itself was built in 1796 with the money of the widowed Major General Anna Vasilievna Pozdnyakova. Its architecture is an example of the Empire style. The temple has two altars, the main chapel is consecrated in honor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the second - in honor of the holy unmercenaries and wonderworkers Cosmas and Damian of Rome.

After the revolution of 1917, the temple remained active until 1938, when its rector, Archimandrite Euphrosin (Fomin) and the chairman of the church council, Andrei Anokhin, were arrested and shot on a trumped-up case, and the elder Elena Kondratyeva was sentenced to 10 years in the camps. With the closure of the temple, all its property was confiscated, and the nearby orchard was cut down. During the period of fascist occupation, the Germans kept livestock in the church building.

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