A piece of paradise on the territory of Moldova. In the north of modern Moldova, near the town of Soroca, the village Japca, on the bank of the Dniester River stretches proudly and independently of an ancient monastery Japca-Zhabko. Our small country is famous for its natural beauty. And if now, in the rush of modern life, we hardly have time to notice all her charm, that our ancestors certainly had far more chances and opportunities to appreciate the grace Moldovan territory. Just have a life of peasants and small artisans incomparable fit into the environment, in no way interfering with nature and not engaging with her in the controversy. But this is a saying, a fairy tale come.
Gray ribbon winding road. The hills, covered in rows of vineyards give way to eternal Codri, wheat fields, meadows. We go up on the map, above all, closer to the border, where in the north of modern Moldova, near the town of Soroca, the village Japca, on the bank of the Dniester River stretches proudly and independently of an ancient monastery. Can understand pervoosnovateley monastery - this is a place other than a paradise, and not name. Lazy Dniester far down sleepily rolls from side to side in their banks. Small lodchonki fishermen here and there - just chips on the scale of an opening space. Winter days are quiet and deserted, but come spring and everything is covered with greenery and flowers, the air filled with bird discordant. Sunsets and sunrises are amazing - probably anywhere else there is no beauty.
The official history of the monastery begins with 1693, when it was mentioned in the annals of its existence. Monastery was founded as a male, and only in 1916 was female, which is the up to now. How it existed before the mention in the annals, when he settled in the first cell of a monk - is unknown. Initially, service and prayer services celebrated in the hollowed in the rock churches, the monks was settled by the cells of the cave. In 1770 the monastery was moved to its present location. Church was built, began to erect farm buildings and improve them. Of course, not at all times, life was quiet and peaceful, there were wars, raids, discord. Sam monastery complex then was more like a fortification than a spiritual sanctuary. As a result, all sorts of battles, the monastery church was destroyed and rebuilt countless times, and in early primary Х1Х century monastery church has been rebuilt in stone. In this church three altars: Ascension of the Lord (as the name of the monastery), the Transfiguration and Holy Cross. One of the notable features of the monastery - a rich library, collected during the existence of the monastery. Its been able to protect even the most troubled times. I must say that this monastery is very lucky. During Soviet rule, when the closed parishes, the church handed over to the warehouses, if not destroyed, the monastery survived. Moreover, he continued to operate, albeit not to the extent that before. Local people secretly helped the nuns than it.
In the old bells - that a quick mail: alarm alarm bell warning of a raid or a fire, the church bells calling worshipers to prayer, proclaimed the beginning of the wedding or celebration. In particular melody can be identified, said that the bell. Now the art of bell ringing has gone, only recently begun to re-teach the bell-ringers, because, though the monastery and acted, but during the Soviet period bell has been widely banned. Now the neighborhood is often filled with bells, the happy, then sad. The nuns and novices of the monastery perfectly mastered the difficult, requiring male power, plaiting it.
Arriving in the village Japca, you will not regret it. After all, far from the monastery is located geopaleontologichesky monument - a rock Japca, here, near a spring of mineral water. And the beauty of nature is confirmed, we can say officially: in the vicinity of the monastery are two nature reserves and Valya Rashkov Adynkov. North of Moldova is rich in historical monuments - not far from the village are the ancient fortifications and paleontological parking at Falcon and Rashkov. Go! Not regret.
photo by Valerii Corcimari