St John of Rila Monastery

Night Photo: Convent of St. John of Rila in St. Petersburg, Russia

St John of Rila Monastery

The beautiful Convent of St. John of Rila in St. Petersburg, Russia looks amazing at night.

Closed by the Soviets in 1923, the nuns were all exiled to Kazakhstan. The convent was reopened in 1991.

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2 thoughts on “Night Photo: Convent of St. John of Rila in St. Petersburg, Russia”

  1. Ariel, You’ve been there? My wife is Bulgarian, she wants to take me to see it :)

    As far as I can tell, the convent was founded in 1900 by St. John of Kronstadt (island near St. Petersburg). His patron saint was St. John of Rila, so he named the monastery after him.

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