The Skan Cave Monastery was founded in the 14th century. Constructed on Plodskaya Mountain, the monastery includes the five-domed wooden temple with a hip-roof bell tower consecrated in honor of the Mother of God icon of Pechera, as well as monastic cells. Three-tier caves stretch through the mountain itself. The length of all underground passages is about 635 meters and the caves are as deep as 14 meters. The temperature inside the caves is constant and never rises above 4° C.
There are several legends about the formation of the caves near Narovchat. According to one, a long time ago on the banks of a river lived a monk-hermit named Skan. He dug a cave and started to live and serve God there. Surviving records in Old Church Slavonic show that there were monastic cells and a church on this site. In 2007 the Skan Cave Monastery was founded on the site of the Trinity-Skan Monastery.
Relics are buried in the caves of the monastery like in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra. On the three tiers of the Narovchat caves, there are about twenty large and small monastic cells with whitewashed arched ceilings. In the caves, lighted candles are kept in the small niches along the passageway before the entrance into each cell. In one of the cells an ancient icon is kept.
Near the base of Plodskaya Mountain, there is a sacred spring in honor of Kiev-Pechersk micacle workers, the reverends Anthony and Theodosius. There is a bathing area at the spring.
|Phone number:||+7 (927) 370-41-37|
|Address:||Penza Oblast, Narovchatsky District, Skanovo village|