St. Savva Spring

Behind the Lavra there's a lowland spring of St. Savva of Storozha

Savva was St. Sergius' close disciple and very ascetic assistant. For 6 years after St. Nikon Savva ran the monastery as abbot. Like St. Sergius, he prayed intensely until a water spring came out of the hill. After his death in 1406 St. Savva's relics cured the sick and exorcized evil spirits. Sometimes his spirit came to monastery inhabitants who prayed for his help.

The St. Savva Spring is accessed by a wooden path and has a traditional bathing hut nearby. Though religiously cosidered holy, its water may not be so pure due to local drainage, epidemiologists warn.

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