A stream with curative water was kept a few hundred meters from the monastery walls. People looking for healing their souls and bodies come there every day.
The Holy Well is located near to ancient monastic caves. Since olden days it was esteemed as a wonder-working well, and since 1872 many cases of wonderful healings were documentary fixed.
There are two Chapels nearby.
You will see a little house behind the Assumption Cathedral. This is a House of Father Superior.
Archimandrite Avel (Makedonov) lived there for a long time since 1989 till 2006. He was one of the most respected priests in Russia. He lived in the Agiou Panteleimonos monastery since 1970 till 1979. Thanks to him the John the Apostle Monastery in Poshchupovo came back to the Russian Orthodox Church and became one of the most beautiful monasteries of Russia in modern times…
You will see two Monk’s Cells in the Monastery.
The Old Monks' cells with the Church of Our Lady’s Icon was built in the middle of the XIXth century. The Church was consecrated in 2002.
The New Monks' cells with the Church of Sts. Boris and Gleb was constructed a few years ago.
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The Big (New) Belfry out of red bricks in my opinion is among main attractions near Ryazan. Though it is rather young (it was constructed in 1901 by S.Tzekhansky) it is considered a as a wonder of the Ryazan land because of its height of 80 meters.
It is the 14-th high Orthodox Belfry in the world and the 12-th in Russia (two high Belfries are in Ukraine). It is only 1 meter lower than the Ivan the Great Belfry in the Moscow Kremlin and 3 meters lower than the Belfry of the Ryazan Kremlin! Amazing that it is located in a small Poshchupovo village which can’t be compared neither with Ryazan nor Moscow, haha!
There are two Belfries in the John the Apostle Monastery. The Old Tent Belfry dates back to the middle of the XVIIth century.
There is a church of the Tihkvin Virgin inside it which was the first having been renovated in modern time.
The New Holy Gate was constructed in the beginning of the XXth century. Now it is the main entrance into the Monastery. There is a big parking nearby.
You will see stone walls and several towers around the Monastery.
There is a Cemetery with tomb-stones of the XVIIth century at the walls.
Usually a Holy Gate is the main entrance into a Russian Orthodox Monastery. But there are two Holy Gates in the John the Apostle Monastery. One Gate is Old, another Gate - is New. The Old Holy Gate is located inside the Walls of the Monastery because its territory wasn’t so large in the XVIIth century when the Gate was constructed in 1658 by Jury Yershov.
Now the Panagia Chapel is established there.
The Old Holy Gate was kept owing to high art value of the frescoes which were kept inside.
The author of frescoes is Timothy Ryazanets, the icon painter known not only in Ryazan area.
John the Apostle is the main Cathedral of the Monastery. It was built in stone in the end of the XVIIth century. Until the XIXth century it falls into decay. Thanks to David Khludov – a local landowner it was restored in 1860th.
But after the Great October Revolution (1917) it falls into decline for the second time. There was a club-house there. In 1988 the Monastery was returned to the Ryazan Eparchy and the Cathedral was restored once again.
In 1993 there was Seraphim of Sarov Chapel established nearby.
The establishment of the Monastery in the name of John the Apostle comes back to the XII-XIIIth centuries.
It is considered, that it was founded by the Greek monks - missionaries who came here under the invitation of the Grand duke of Ryazan to teach local pagans. They presented a wonder-working icon of John the Apostle. This icon, according to the legend, was written by a Byzantine boy in the VIth century. Unfortunately it wasn’t kept untill now.
Until the middle of the XVII century all the constructions in the monastery were wooden.
The Assumption Cathedral is the second large building in the John the Apostle Monastery.
It was constructed in 1870th thanks to David Khludov. But there was another Church on that place before.
During Soviet times it was used as a garage for therefore its condition in the end of the XXth century was extremely depressing. But now after renovation it is beautiful.