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Tolga Convent was founded in 1314 on the left bank of the Volga river, on the place of miraculous appearance of the Tolga Icon of the Mother of God. Against all odds of history, beginning with Mongol Yoke, Tolga Convent emerged from ruins and desolation and nowadays attracts thousands of pilgrims. The convent is located not far from Yaroslavl; on the left bank of the river Volga, at the place of confluence of a small river Tolgobolka (or Tolga) into Volga. White stone walls with high angle towers, cathedrals with multiple heads, glaring golden domes and crosses and a predominating massive bell-tower form one magnificent harmonious structure, captivating eyes of those travelling along Volga. The cedar grove has been planted here in the 16th century to commemorate the miraculous appearance of the icon after fire. At the same time irrigation ponds were constructed. The legend has it that Ermak has brought two large cedar cones from Siberia to Ivan the Terrible as a gift. The tsar has presented the cedar cones to the convent for a miracle recovery. At the beginning of the 20th century the renewed Tolga Convent attracts thousands of people from all parts of Russia and from abroad. It surely can be named the pearl of the Yaroslavl land.
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