2020-04-17 19:45:00

Optina Pustyn monastery closes for pilgrims

Moscow, April 17, Interfax - One of Russia's most popular destinations of pilgrimage - the Monastery of the Presentation of the Holy Virgin better known as Optina Pustyn in Kaluga Region - has been closed for visitors.

"As of today, Good Friday, and at least through Easter Sunday we are closing access to pilgrims," Interfax was told at the monastery.

On Wednesday, the Rospotrebnadzor department for Kaluga Region issued a prescription to suspend visits to churches and monasteries of the Kaluga Archdiocese as of April 16 through April 30 due to the threat of the spread of the coronavirus.

However, Optina Pustyn is directly subordinate to Patriarch Kirill.

"We don't know what is going to happen next week," a representative of the monastery said.