Surrounded by hills and chalk mountains, the village of Kostomarovo is located in the Podgorensky district of Voronezh oblast. The people call this special place the Jerusalem of Voronezh.
Surrounded by hills and chalk mountains, the village of Kostomarovo is located in the Podgorensky district of Voronezh oblast. The people call this special place the Jerusalem of Voronezh. The landscape in Kostomarovo is practically the same as in Golgotha, Jerusalem (where Jesus Christ was crucified).
The most ancient monastery in Russia was founded here, according to one source in the 12th century, and in another, even before the adoption of Christianity in Rus. Carved in the mountains, the Cathedral of the Holy Savior is the main attraction of the monastery. Inside, the domes are supported by huge chalk pillars. According to legend, Andrew the Apostle visited this place two thousand years ago. For him the view fr om the mountain resembled the one from mount Golgotha in Jerusalem. The Apostle ordered to put a cross on top of one of the chalk mountains and founded a cave monastery.
The Cave Monastery of Our Savior in Kostomarovo is the largest cave among the caves of Kostomarovo. Its entrance is situated at the base of two divas, between which the bell tower of the Monastery of Our Savior is now situated. The cave holds a entire underground complex with cells, churches, and burial grounds.
In addition to the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, there are also several caves and temples in the monastery. These are: the Church of Seraphim of Sarov — one of the «youngest» monastery shrines; seclusions — wh ere monks-hermits lived; and the Cave of Repentance (well known all over Russia).
Kostomarovo also has a Holy Mount Golgotha with a cross, Mount Tabor, Jordan, and a Garden of Gethsemane — all to resemble the Holy Land.
The Tourist Portal of Voronezh oblast / visitvrn.ru