Trutnev Cave Shrine
Rural shrine, known as local residents cave, located in north-eastern whim, a few kilometers from the shore of Lake Chudskoye. Trutnev Village, which is now "belong" cave, appeared in 1930, when the former site of the manor was organized by the central manor farm. Main Village Festival was the sixth Friday (ie Friday at the sixth week after Easter), the day when the shrine, "assigned" a new country, pilgrims came from near and distant villages. Topography cave is fairly typical for similar relics of the North-west Russia combination of source or reservoir (there is a river and spring) and the stone with "God's wake. Here in this set is added to "cave", where, according to one version of the legend about the origin of the revered place, disappeared stepped on a stone Virgin.
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