Nilo-Stolobensky hermitage is a monastery on Stolobny Island on Lake Seliger. This monastery arose on the site of the feat of the Monk Nile, the Stolobensky miracle worker, whose memory the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates on December 20.
500 years ago, in 1515, he left the Krypetsky monastery and first hermited in the Rzhev forests, and then dug a cave on a small island. Over the five centuries of its existence, the monastery, at first was extremely poor, survived the heyday and a special favor of the tsar’s family, then plundered during the years of Soviet rule, turned into a labor commune, then a place for juvenile offenders and a camp for Polish prisoners of war, a hospital, a retirement home, an architectural monument and a camp site.
Monastic life in the Nile Hermitage revived after 1990, when the Monastery was returned to the Church. As before, Neil Stolobensky blesses the island, when on the memorial days the inhabitants of the monastery pass the procession with his relics, and recently the cell icon of the saint, which was considered lost, has returned to its place.
Around the monastery there is a park area, you can also climb the bell tower, which offers unforgettable views of Lake Seliger and the surrounding forest.
It is located on the island of Stolobnoye and partially on the Svetlitsa peninsula, 10 km north of the city of Ostashkov, on Lake Seliger. On the road from Ostashkov to the monastery about 25 km. Russia, Tver region., Ostashkovsky district, village Svetlitsa, 27.