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...more
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...more
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. You can watch my 3 min 25 sec HD Video Poshchupovo John the Apostle...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
You can get to Poshchupovo by electric train (electrichka) from Moscow: Kazansky railway station to Rybnoye station, then by bus “Ryazan-Novosiolky” or by minibus “Ryazan-Kostino” to Poshchupovo.
You can get to Poshchupovo by car from Moscow (Novoryazanskoye) about 160 km. Turn left on Rybnoye and Konstantinovo and drive about 25 km (or 10 km from Konstantinovo).
We visited Poshchupovo on our way from Moscow to Ryazan (German Shepherds show) with two excursions to Konstantinovo (Yesenin's motherland) and Poshchupovo (John the Apostle Monastery).
There are some traditions which you have to follow when you visit Russian Orthodox monasteries. They concern mostly women: they have to put on shawls and don’t wear trousers. But if it happened you are in trousers they ask you to put on a skirt over it. They offer you a large shawl as a skirt.
So you can see Irina in such a shawl instead of skirt which she forgot to take to the trip…
Man can feel free – no restrictions in clothes (but I wouldn’t go there in shorts), but don’t forget to take off your hat when you enter inside a church…
Poshchupovo Village is one of the most picturesque places 25 kilometers from Ryazan and 10 kilometers from Konstantinovo. So if you are going to visit these places don’t miss Poshupovo and the John the Apostle Monastery located there.
The name of the village comes from the Russian “poshupat’- to touch” or to check up merchant's barges along the Oka-River.
Poshchupovo Village was an ancestral land of the Monastery and entirely depended on it.
After secularization of the Empress Ekaterina II in 1764 the John the Apostle Monastery, as well as many other monasteries, falls into decay. New economic and spiritual blossoming of the monastery started in the second half XIX century when the Moscow merchant David Khludov purchased the land around Poshupovo and restored the Monastery.
In the end of the XIX century a school, an almshouse with a medical site, and then hospital here were opened there. When a boy Sergey Yesenin, the Great Russian poet, often visited the place.
Within the Soviet times the monastery was closed and only in 1988 it was returned to the Ryazan diocese.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Poshupovo on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 54° 48' 57.85" N 39° 42' 54.99" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Walls and Towers.