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Raifa monastery on the Tatar land
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Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery for men is one of the most famous not only in the Volga region, but all over the country. A lot of people come here every day to listen to the local choir and their beautiful spiritual motets. Believers come here to find peace in the souls, to touch miracle-making icons and to confess. The main shrine of the Monastery is the miracle-working image of the Mother of God of Georgia of more than 400 years old. Now the icon is kept under the armored glass and decorated with gold. By the way it is famous Russian singer Alla Pugatcheva, who donated the gold for this icon. The icon of the Mother of God of Georgia is believed to have saved a lot of people from deadly plague.

In 1646 hundreds of people in Kazan died and nobody knew the reason. To stop it the icon was brought from the Raifa Monastery and people organized a mass procession with it around the city. A few days later the plague was gone. According to the old legends after the icon was put into the monastery, sick people miraculously recovered: the blind started to see, raging people became calm, lame people suddenly got cured. So the icon was believed to be miracle-making.

In 1930s the monastery was fully destroyed and the territory was used as a prison for political prisoners and later as a colony for juvenile offenders. Later Muslim people helped the monks to reconstruct the monastery and to make it great again. During our tour you will hear the legends and the stories of this wonderful place.

  • Bus tour to Raifa Monastery
  • Morning service in the monastery (on the request)
  • Tour around the monastery
  • Walking around Raifa Lake, seeing the sculptures and the holy spring of the monastery
  • Free time
  • Lunch
  • Back to Kazan

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You will visit:
  • The Holy Trinity Cathedral. It is the biggest (for about 3000 people) and the youngest building of the Raifa ensemble. The monastery was built by design of architect Malinovsky in 1904 -1910 instead of the old temple (built in the neorussian style at the end of the 19th century).
  • Cathedral of God’s Mother of Georgia, built in honour of the miracle-working icon of the Mother of God of Georgia in 1835-1842 by architect M. Korinfskiy in the neoclassic style. From the middle of the 17th century the icon of Mother of God of Georgia was believed to the miraculous. One the stories say that blind and deaf monk Pitirim recovered as soon as the icon was put into his room. In 1658, Metropolitan of Novgorod Nikon, studied the stories about the miracles of this icon set the celebration of the Georgian icon of the Mother of God on August 22 (September 4 Gregorian calendar).
  • The chapel nears the spring. Every day people can visit water-shed chapel, consecrated by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexey II in 1997.
  • The Church in honor of SS. Reverend Fathers tortured in Sinai and Raifa, that was built instead of the wooden church. It was consecrated in 1708. Later on the church was reconstructed in 1892-1897 by designs of Malinovsky (the dining area was added).
  • Raifa lake, a very picturesque place and one of the sights of the monastery. It is peculiar for the silent frogs that do not croak near the monastery. The legend says that once the monks of Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery asked God to save them from the croaking of frogs, which prevented them from singing and praying. And the miracle happened: the frogs fell silent. And they are still silent till nowadays.
Included in the price:
  • Bus trip Kazan— Raifa monastery — Kazan
  • Guide services within the excursion program
  • External inspection of the Temple of All Religions
  • Bus insurance
  • Support
The cost of the tour
The cost of the tour for 1 person
The size of the group Transport company The transport of the customer
40 people 320 80
30 people 430 100
18 people 570 170
7 people 1 500 430
3 people 3 400 990

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