The annals of Valaam 1611 - 1853
The second slaughter of Valaam monks, Father Superior Makary and
brothers were murdered; the monastery was burnt to the ground, all inhabitants of
the cloister left and the island was deserted, the holy relics of the Saints remained
hidden in a bushel under a rock.
1611 - 1715
The period of complete desolation of the Valaam monastery.
Decree of Tsar Emperor Peter the Great on restoration of the Valaam
1719, 13th of March
Consecration of the wooden church on Valaam, in the name of Saint
Sergiy and Saint Herman, and, at the same time, of the wooden buildings of the cloister.
1754, 3rd of April
On the first day of the Holy Easter, the church and all buildings
burned in a fire.
The wooden monastery was built anew.
Building of a stone monastery, the internal Nazaryevsky section,
The spiritual rule of Valaam monastery was adopted and approved
by the Saint Petersburg Metropolitan Gavriil.
A stone church in the name of the Assumption of the Mother of
God was built and consecrated. The stone Nazaryevsky section was completed by the
1793, 4th of August
A stone church in the name of St Nicholas was consecrated in the
internal section or quad.
With the building of a church at the Nikolsky skeet (a small and
secluded monastery) in the name of the same Saint Nicholas, the church located in
the quad was vacated in 1853.
A stone cathedral, with a belfry, was built and consecrated at
the monastery in the name of Lord's Transfiguration.
In the Skete of All Saints, a stone church in the name of All
Saints was built and consecrated.
Cathedral with bell-tower in a name of the Holy Transfiguration
of the Saviour 1794.
Ten missionaries were sent from Valaam to North America, including
monk Herman who was later canonized (in 1970).
Upon re-construction, the Church of Assumption was consecrated
for the second time in the monastery.
The staff of the cloister was increased to thirty monks.
1799, 28th of June
Another church in the name of the Saints Sergiy and Herman was
consecrated in the monastery's cathedral.
Church of All Saints, All Saints skete.
A bell weighing 257 poods (4112 kg) was cast for the cathedral
1809, 27th of June
A stone church in the name of Saint Apostles Peter and Paul was
consecrated on the holy gate of the cloister.
The monastery staff was increased to fifty monks.
1814, 30th of June
A church in the name of the Mother of God [the Life-Giving Spring]
was consecrated in the building of the brotherhood's hospital.
Construction of the entire outside building of the monastery was
1819, 10th of August
The Valaam monastery was visited by His Majesty Emperor Alexander
1819, 20th October
Russia's Holy Synod prescribed: the names of the Saints
Sergiy and Herman the Valaam Miracle-Makers should be entered into all church books
with the appropriate addition of the anthems to All Saints.
Emperor Alexander I granted a set of chasubles of golden brocade
and a precious cross with ornaments for successive wear by Fathers Superior of the
The Valaam monastery was assigned the first category with salaries
from the treasury according to the staff positions.
Bells weighing 550 poods (8800 kg), 155 poods (2480 kg) and 82
poods (1312 kg) were cast on Valaam.
A silver shrine was built for the Saints Sergiy and Herman.
1837, 17th of June
A church in the name of the Holy Trinity was consecrated in the
Eight stone brothers' buildings were constructed in the skete
of All Saints, and a stone fencing around the entire skete. During the war of 1939-1940,
those buildings were severely damaged.
1849, 18th of August
After repair, the lower church in the name of All Saints was consecrated
in the skete of All Saints.
Church of st. Nicolas the Wonder-Worker in his named skete.
1850, 18th of July
The upper church in the name of Heavenly Incorporeal Forces was
consecrated at the skete of All Saints.
A large stone hotel for pilgrims and guests was built in the monastery,
later it was enlarged and built up in 1874 and again in 1899.
1853, 23rd of July
The stone church in the name of Saint Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
was consecrated in Nikolsky skete.