The Gethsemane skete
The church in the name of the Dormition of Mother of God.
Following the tradition of pilgrimages
to the sacred places connected with the life of Our Saviour, Russian Orthodox people
also wanted to see some reminders of the Holy Land in their own country. The finishing
of the Gethsemane skete completed the creation of 'the Russian Jerusalem'
conceived by Abbot Mavriky. Father Mavriky completed the construction of the New-Jerusalem
skete on the Sion mountain. Two small lakes, Ladoga, [not the main lake] and Nikonovskoje
lake are connected by the channel called Kidron. To the left of it one can see the
thirty-meter Eleon mountain with a Russian style five-domed chapel on top.
At the foot of the Eleon mountain stands
the Gethsemane skete. In Gethsemane Our Lord prayed before suffering on the cross.
Inside the small wooden chapel of the skete, there used to be only the icon of the
Prayer about the Cup. In Gethsemane garden Our Lady, the Holy Virgin, was burried.
That is why the skete church (built in 1911 by adding an altar to the chapel of 1906)
was consecrated to worship the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Its patron saint's
day was August 17 (30), the day Our Lady was taken to heaven. The church, like the
chapel, was built in the style of mid-Russian wooden churches. The belfry and the
middle dome have hipped roofs, the church is richly decorated with carving. Behind
it, between fir trees, there are two buildings with monastic cells. From eight to
ten people used to live there, including the famous 'old style' adept,
the last great elder Timon (Mikhail).