St. Nicholas Monastery for Men
in Staraya Ladoga

The monastery is one of the oldest in Russian Orthodox Diocese of St. Petersburg, Russia


Mailing/Physical Address: Nikolskaya street, Staraya Ladoga, Volkhovsky District, Leningradskaya oblast, 187412, Russia

Phone/Fax: +7-813-634-92-03

The time we are open is from 9:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. daily. Moscow Time UTC+4.

Website: http://en.nikmonas.ru/

Vkontakte group: http://vk.com/nikmonas

E-mail: nikmonas@gmail.com

The Temple of Nativity of St. John the Forerunner is attached to the Monastery

Temple Phone: +7-813-634-90-97

How to get to the Monastery:

By car

If you go from St. Petersburg by car, you should find the Federal high road М18 (Kola). Continue to follow М18 high road to the Volkhov river. 

Before the bridge on the Volkhov river turn to the right and follow by the A115 high road to the village of Staraya Ladoga. 

In the village turn to the left to Nikolskaya street and you come to the Monastery.  

Driving directions from Google maps

By train

There are electric trains that go from St. Petersburg to Volkhov. They depart from Moskovsky station as well as Ladozhsky station every 2 hours. It takes 2.5 hours to get to Volkhov by train. 

To get from Volkhov station to the monastery you should take the bus #23. It takes about 20 minutes to get there. Get off the bus at Nikolskaya street in the village of Staraya Ladoga and go to the right to the Monastery which is located on the bank of the Volkhov river.

Or you can go there by taxi - one way trip would cost you approximately 300 - 400 rub. 

By bus
You can also go to the Monastery by bus from St. Petersburg Avtovokzal # 2. Take the bus which goes to Tikhvin or Lodeynoye Pole. Get off the bus at Yushkovo before the bridge on the Volkhov river and take the bus # 23 which goes to Volkhov.  Get off the bus at Nikolskaya street in the village of Staraya Ladoga.


Many buildings of the Monastery are under construction now and we ask that you prayerfully consider helping us toward the complete restoration of the Monastery.

Фото А. Метелицына

God Bless you!



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The Chernigov-Gethsemane Icon of the Mother of God

Commemorated on September 1/14


 There is a copy of the Chernigov-Gethsemane Icon of the Mother of God in the Temple of Saint John Chrysostom in the monastery. Here is the story of the Icon.

The Chernigov-Gethsemane Icon of the Mother of God is a copy from the famed Chernigov-Il'insk Icon of the Mother of God, which was to be found at the Trinity Il'insk monastery near Chernigov on Mount Boldina, and where in the XI Century for a certain while the Monk Antonii of Pechersk pursued asceticism. To the description of the miracles from this icon, beginning with 16-24 April 1662, Sainted Dimitrii of Rostov in his book "The Bedewed Fleece" (Oroshennoe Runo) wrote in conclusion: "The end of the booklet, but not of the miracles of the MostHoly Mother of God, since who is it that can count them". The grace-bearing power of this icon is manifest also in its copies.

The first miracle from the icon was witnessed on the day of the Church New Year – 1 September 1869, when the 28 year old peasant of Tula governance, Thekla Adrianova, was healed, having been completely crippled constantly for 9 years. Living at the hostel by the caves, and then at the Lavra during the celebration of the Repose of the Monk Sergei (25 September), Thekla recovered completely. Sainted Innocent (Innokentii) the Metropolitan of Moscow (1797-1879, Comm. 23 September and 31 March), learned of the miracle from his daughter the Nun Poliksenia, treasurer of the Borisovsk wilderness monastery. On the feast of the Monk Sergei, he himself met with Thekla and asked her about all the details of the healing. On 26 September 1869 Sainted Innocent arrived at the Gethsemane skete and gave the blessing to make molieben before the glorified icon while he himself prayed with tears.

By 26 September there had occurred already three graced healings and a whole series of miracles in November of that same year. The fame of the icon of the Mother of God spread with unusual swiftness. Exhausted by suffering and sickness, thirsting for bodily and spiritual healing, people from every class of society came with firm faith to the wonderworking icon, and the mercy of God did not forsake them. Towards the beginning of the XX Century more than 100 miracles were witnessed. By its great esteem the icon benefited the ascetics of the Gethsemane skete: the schema-monk Philip (+ 18 May 1868), the founder of the cave-monastery, and his three sons – the priest-schemamonks Ignatii (+ 1900), Porphyrii (+ 1905 ?) and Vasilii (+ 1 April 1915). They preserved accounts about the deep love, which the priestmonk starets (monastic elder) Isidor (+ 3 February 1908) displayed for the Chernigov-Gethsemane Icon.

The initial celebration of the icon was established on 16 April, on the day when also was the celebration of the Cherigov-Il'insk icon. Afterwards it was transferred to the day of glorification – 1 September. At the present time at Trinity-Sergiev Lavra there are venerable copies of the Chernigov-Gethsemane icon – within the temple in honour of the Monk Sergei, in the monastery refectory, and in the portico of the Trinity cathedral, – written by elders of the Gethsemane skete and the Zosimov wilderness-monastery.