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Russia's northernmost monastery burned down

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.barentsobserver.com/index.php?id=3127284 Russia s northernmost monastery burned down 2007-12-02 The Trifon Pechenga monastery in Murmansk Oblast
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      Russia's northernmost monastery burned down

      2007-12-02

      The Trifon Pechenga monastery in Murmansk Oblast last Saturday burned
      down to the ground. The monastery, located on the border to Norway
      and founded by Saint Trifon in the 16th century, was the northernmost
      in all of Russia.
      Local fire authorities confirm that the whole building has burned
      down to the ground.

      The fire started during a church service on Saturday. All icons and
      valuable equipment was in a rush removed from the building by the
      present clergy. No people were hurt in the fire.

      The monastery survived heavy 2WW fighting as well as suppression from
      Soviet army units, but did not make this weekend's fire.

      It remains unclear what triggered the fire. One theory is that the
      fire ignited in connection with ongoing reconstruction works in and
      around the monastery.

      The Pechenga Monastery was founded in 1533 at the influx of the
      Pechenga River into the Barents Sea, 135 km west of modern Murmansk,
      by St. Trifon, a monk from Novgorod. The monastery already in year
      1589 was burned down in a raid by Swedish warriers. The latest
      monastery building had materials from the 19th century.

      The Trifon Pechenga monastery is the only munch monastery in Murmansk
      Oblast. The monastery bears its name after saint Trifon, the munch
      who in the early 16 century spread Orthodoxy to the Kola Peninsula.

      The last months, the monastery has been under rennovation to meet
      demands from a growing number of pilgrims visiting the holy site.
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