The interior of the church is pretty much preserved as it was – mostly because the church is still used – but only in the summer. There is no longer any heating for the building. When we were there in February, it was cold outside. That meant it was cold inside too.
The relics weather this cold just fine because the relics are all made from natural products and so they adjust to the temperature well.
The picture above shows the original Valamo monastery with Sts. Sergius and Herman, who founded the monastery in the 10th century (well, there actually debate about the year of founding – anywhere from the 10th to the 15th centuries, but I’m going with the what the vice abbot of the monastery told me).
One of the neat things about the old church is a side room that is preserved to show the living conditions of the monks. In this room there is this wonderful piece of religious clothing.
I take a break from posting next week – I’ll be traveling again. This time to Germany. Have no fear, there will be pictures at some point. When I return, we’ll continue with pictures from the trip to Joensuu. Next post will be the new church.