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Korennaya Pustyn, Russia

See: Svodoba Village, Russia

See: St. Joakim & St. Anna Church & the Church Photos
See: WWII Memorial Museum
& the Historical Cultural Center
See: Kursk, Russia
& the Kursk Region, Russia
See: Voronezh, Russia

Kursk Roor Icon StatueNew Kursk Root Statue

The Statue was installed in the Korennaya Pustyn (Hermitage) Square located just outside the front gates of the Korennaya Hermitage in Svodoba Village, Russia. It shows the Kursk Root Icon being found by the hunters in 1295. As the Icon was lifted up a spring of fresh clear water came from under the roots of the tree. The Korennaya Square was blacktopped two years before they installed this large statue but resently they removed all the blacktop and installed beautiful brick stone walkways in the whole square. This is a very impressive statue and sets the stage for the entry into the Holy Korennaya Hermitage.

Statue dedication service 2002 KorennayaStatue Dedication: The Korennaya Hermitage did a dedication service for this statue in the summer of 2002. Over a thousand people attended. It was a very special day for everyone who attended.

During the Kursk Root Icon Procession they put all the Church items around the edge of the statue square. This makes for an impressive display of the Kursk Root Fountain/Statue.

New Korennaya Fair Building

This building was built in 2004 just for the Korennaya Fair that takes place the next day after the Kursk Root Icon Procession. This is how important the Kursk Root Icon and the special celebration fair is to the people of the Kursk Region. The Kursk Root Procession and the Korennaya Fair has tripled in size in the last year. Before the communist rule in Russia (1917) this was one of the largest fairs in all of Russia. You can see some photos from the Kursk Root Icon Procession and the Korennaya Fair in order to get a better understanding of just how important this celebration is to the Russian Orthodox Christians.

Svoboda (meaning freedom) was for years after World War II known as the headquarters of Marshal Rokossovsky, one of the commanders in the Kursk battle. Today there is a memorial complex here devoted to him and his men. While tourists were brought to this site, however, their Soviet-era guides carefully avoided mention of the nearby Korennaya Pustyn Monastery. Now the Monastery is back on the map, and working again.

Since the 13th century, Korennaya Pustyn housed the miracle-working Icon of the Mother of God "The Sign", sent to Kursk by the Tzar Boris Godunov in the 16th century as the Tatars threatened Russia's southern borders. It helped defend the city, both in this and the Polish invasion of 1612, when Kursk successfully held out against siege. After the revolution, the Icon was sent abroad. It is currently in New York.

Today the monastery is under restoration, its main Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, built by Konstantin Thon (of Kremlin and Church of Christ the Savior fame), is looking festive again. A lot of repairs and upgrades was made during the summer of 2006. At the bottom of the hill there are seven Holy Springs, and a River used by churchgoers for ritual bathing. Svoboda is one of most significant points in a whole complex of WWII battle map.

See: St. Joakim & St. Anna Church & the Church Photos & Church Pamphlet
See: WWII Memorial Museum & the Historical Cultural Center & Pamphlet
See: Kursk, Russia & the Kursk Region, Russia
See: Voronezh, Russia

More about Korennaya

Historical WW2 Memorial Museum: Battle of Kursk is very important site of the War. Also see the underground General's headquarters and the Russian T11 tank.
Korennaya Fair History; learn more about the history of this Fair and how it is coming back.
Historical Cultural Center: "radical of deserts" is the establishment of committee on the culture of Kursk district.
Old buildings of Korennaya FairWWII Battle of Kursk War MusumeKorennaya Culural Center



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