The hotel and educational center will open on the island in September

Updated the "Winter hotel" and the religious education center will open on the island in September, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, the Abbot of the Valaam Spaso-Preobrazhensky Stavropegial monastery Bishop Trinity Pankraty.

Thursday at the monastery for pilgrims has opened a Central manor house and main temple of the monastery – Holy Transfiguration Cathedral.

"With the aid repaired "Winter hotel". Now this is a modern hotel with room amenities. It will be equipped with a spiritual education center, Museum of contemporary icons, icon painting workshop, where they will give master classes for beginners, will also open the singing school, conference room. Now comes the furnishing of the building – furniture and equipment", - said the Bishop Pankraty.

According to him, in the "Winter hotel" will be available rooms for people with different incomes. "I hope in September to open it" - said the Abbot.

He said that the pilgrims can't stay at the monastery overnight. "New "Winter hotel" has not yet been put into operation, and all other hotels are "visual observation" all arriving by Balaam, in addition to tourists and local residents," concluded the Bishop.

Earlier, the Bishop Pankraty has informed that the pilgrims won't be able to get to worship, confession and communion, and venerate the relics and icons.

Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Valaam monastery is located on Valaam, the archipelago of lake Ladoga. According to Church tradition, the founders of the monastery – missionary Sergius and Herman of Valaam appeared here at the end of X century. According to another version the monastery was founded in the XIV century. At different times of the Valaam archipelago is located on the territory of Russia, Sweden and Finland. In 1940, after the Soviet-Finnish war he became Soviet territory and was abandoned. The revival of the monastery began in 1989, when the island was settled six monks.

1993-present Governor (Abbot) of the monastery is Archimandrite Pankraty (Zherdev), Bishop of the Trinity. Now the convent is home to about 200 inhabitants. The monastery complex consists of the main manor house and 12 hermitages. The stavropegic monastery subordinated directly to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Every year the monastery is visited by over 100 thousand pilgrims and tourists.

The full text of the interview is available on the website ria.ru