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Optina Pustyn: The Forest Retreat

Author: Anastasia Osipova

Mar/Apr 2008
Page 41   ( 7 pages)

Summary: It began as a simple monastic retreat in the forests of Kaluga region. By the mid-19th century, Optina Pustyn had become one of the most important religious sites in all of Russia. Today, the monastery and hermitage are struggling to rebuild after decades of neglect.

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