Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem arrives in Valamo

On May 28, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, who is on an official visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, arrived at the Valamo Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration. His Beatitude’s delegation, who flew in by helicopter from Kronstadt, were welcomed by the abbot of the Valamo Monastery, Bishop Pankraty of Troitsk, and the director ...

Fire at New Valamo Monastery

Image: Yle / Heikki Haapalainen

19/3/2012 A fire has broken out in the main building of the orthodox New Valamo Monastery at Heinävesi in eastern Finland. Fire fighters have ruled out arson. A monastery official says no one has been hurt in the blaze and no valuable items have been destroyed. Fire fighters said the fire started in the loft, in unused ...

Uspenski Cathedral gets stolen icon back after Restoration

The fitting together of the icon and its wooden frame was ultimately one of the most important details in the conservation work.    Photo: PENTTI VÄNSKÄ

10.8.2011 The icon spent six months at the Valamo Monastery for conservation. Riikka Köngäs, Head conservator at the Valamo Monastery, burst into tears in the monastery’s main chapel when she had to say goodbye to her ”dear child”, the miraculous icon of the "Theotokos of Kozeltshan", depicting the Virgin Mary. Over the past six months, Köngäs has been ...