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Alexy II will take part in celebrations to mark 300 years of Sarov

February 13 2006

In the celebrations devoted to 300 anniversary of the Sarov Hermitage, will attend the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II.

The first meeting of the Organizing Committee for the celebration, which will be held from July 25 to August 1, 2006, was held last weekend in Diveyevo.

It is assumed that participate in the festivities will be from 15 to 30 thousand pilgrims. As in previous years for their accommodation will be divided into tent cities. All responders in the days of celebrations will be involved in the protection of public order.

At the site of the monastery of Sarov was the Tatar town Saraklych. Hermits lived here since the XVI century. Among the great ascetics and elders, the most famous of which was the Seraphim. In 1927 the monastery was closed. During the Soviet era had its colony for homeless children and Mechanical Plant, according to Interfax.

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