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Optina Pustyn Monastery

Optina Pustyn Monastery played a vital role in the spiritual life of Russia. It has every right to be called a symbol of the Russian spiritual resurrection of the end of the XVIII century.

Located near a pine forest and separated by the Zhizdra from the outside world, the monastery was a perfect place for  hermits. This used to be a spiritual oasis, blessed with the grace of the first ages of Christianity. Optina Pustyn elders had the greatest gift of all - the gift of judgment,   as well as the gifts of vision, healing and working of miracles. Optina Pustyn is one of the oldest monasteries in Russia.

Monastery Web site:  http://www.optina.ru/