The famous monastery of St. Cyril-White Lake Monastery, which receives over 300,000 visitors per year, mostly from St Petersburg and Moscow, is up for restoration.
The monastery is 360 miles north of Moscow and was founded in 1397 by a monk named Cyril, who was a follower of St Sergius of Rodonezh.
Cyril came to Siversky lake when he was 60 years old and remained there until his death at age 90. He was later canonized a saint later on. His relics lie in the Church of Cyril of Belozersky.
Throughout the history of the church, it has had patrons in high places, from among the boyars to many of the Romanovs, these powerful patrons donated land, money, books, and priceless icons.
After the rise of the Bolsheviks, the monastery was secularized and fell into neglect.
The much needed funds from the government will be greatly appreciated.
Ortho Christian details the extent of work that is needed:
“The scope of the work is huge. I hope that all the funds will help the museum become a leading excursion site for the whole “Northern Necklace” of Russia,” Vologda Province Governor Oleg Kuvshinnikov said on Monday.
As explained by museum-reserve director Mikhail Sharomazov, the allocated funds will be used for the restoration of almost all the monastery’s towers and the Church of the Archangel Gabriel, and for the construction of a hotel and restaurant on the territory of the museum. All works are planned to be completed by the end of the year.
“Belozersk Tower will be an open storage for carved wood, and Vologda Tower an open storage for storing icons,” the director said.
The ceilings in the southern part of the ancient Church of the Archangel Gabriel have already been restored, and works are now being carried out on the interior and on the facades.
There will also be significant restoration work on all the walls dating to the 16th and 17th centuries, and on individual monuments on the territory of the monastery and nearby.
The total cost of the repairs and construction was estimated at 6 billion rubles, and about 1 billion rubles were already raised from 2014 to the present.
This is further example of the growing faith in Russia and good will of her Government. It is also a testimony of the solvency of the Russian government, that it can afford to dole out $8 million for the restoration of a monastery.