Pechory is an ancient Russian monastery that recently became wide known thanks to Tikhon Shevkunov’s book «Unholy saints». The book is interesting, by the way.
Pechory is a city in the west of Pskov, on the border with Estonia. We went there for the monastery with a cave church.
The monastery is very beautiful — all in the hills and in the hollows. Unfortunately, the caves have not been shown.
A remarkable feature of the monastery is enviable cheekiness of priests, especially priests’ commanders. Going up their career, they are equally messy grow their beards and charisma. And they both stick out in different directions and harm people, instead of attracting them to the church.
We accidentally went to some narrow path signed inconspicuous sign «Unauthorized persons not admitted» and came up to the porch, near which some preachers discussed catechism. Suddenly one of them put his finger to us and said:
— And now the same way beautifully get out.
We were not allowed In the grotto because «we were needed a facilitator and generally everything was not easy.» Why to write about it in a guidebook…
The road to the temple is called Bloody path. Here Ivan the Terrible killed abbot Cornelius.
We bypassed the monastery along the walls, and saw a goat and decided to make an acquaintance. After a while, it turned out that she was not alone on the grass. That someone was a granny, she raises her head and said:
— Kids, give me some bread!