Patriarch Kirill calls for the restoration of Valaam monastery with caution, without a spiritual and aesthetic dissonance

Balaam. July 10. INTERFAX – Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill urged to develop the infrastructure of the monastery on Valaam with great care and to carry out construction work, taking into account the spiritual and aesthetic style of this historic archipelago in the Ladoga lake.

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on Monday held a meeting of the Board of Trustees on restoration of Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Valaam monastery, at the beginning of which he shared his impressions after a visit to one of the buildings.

“Every new construction in places such as Balaam, filled with significant risk. Because everything here is created, everything is very organic, all stemmed from the profound piety of the people, came to souls to save. And so all the buildings were spiritually focused, they were focused on a monastic way of life,” the Patriarch said.

According to him, it is important that new buildings that are needed, “was carried out in this spiritual and aesthetic style, there was nothing that would have made dissonance – no aesthetic dissonance, even more spiritual.” “It is important that the zeal of our pious laity still implemented based on the existing tradition, so we don’t hurt our new buildings,” – said the Patriarch.

He stated that on Valaam every year attracts more and more pilgrims, and people come here “not only to relax but also to gain spiritual strength”. “So we need to develop the infrastructure of the monastery, but with great caution,” added the Primate.

He said that the visit to the monasteries of Valaam – both operating and under construction – has left him “very good impression”, although “some of the comments were made.”

The emergence of the Valaam monastery on the Islands of lake Ladoga in Karelia, in the past known as the “Northern Athos”, refers to the first centuries of Christianity in Russia. Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Valaam monastery is a stauropegic – subordinate directly to the Patriarch. Primate attends it every year. The Board of Trustees on restoration of the Valaam monastery was established in 2002 with the blessing of Patriarch Alexy II.