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Russian Government Officially Encourages Pilgrimages to Holy Places, Advocates Traditional Values

"Acquaintance with the great relics and religious history of our country is very important for the moral and patriotic education of the younger generation of Russians, for its spiritual enrichment and the inculcation of traditional values ​​for it."

The Federal Agency for Tourism, in conjunction with the Patriarchal Council for Culture and the first public Orthodox television channel, launched the federal project "Holy Places of Russia".

In June, 2018, filmmakers began shooting the first season of a TV program by the same name, "Holy Places of Russia". The show introduces viewers to unique monuments of Russian religious history, objects of spiritual heritage, and pilgrimage routes in the Russian Federation.

Filming begins in the city of Valdai, Novgorod Region, at the Holy Lake Monastery. Other filming locations will include Transfiguration Monastery of Antony-Leokhnovsky, St. John the Evangelist Savva-Krypetsky Monastery, and the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Mirozhsky Monastery, famous for its iconostasis. Leaders will also visit the Pskov-Caves Monastery, the location of stories found in the blockbuster book, "Everyday Saints".

The television project will cover stories about prominent Orthodox holy places in Russia, with details about the territories where they are located, including information about travel, accommodation, and food. The task of the project is not only to interest viewers, getting them acquainted with objects of Russia's cultural and religious heritage, but also to provide them with the information necessary for organizing actual pilgrimages.

The project — "Holy Places of Russia" — is designed to attract people to monuments of religious culture and spiritual heritage in the Russian Federation. One of the project's most important tasks is to show our country to the Russian and foreign public as an attractive destination for educational and pilgrimage trips. "As part of the project, much attention will be paid to children's and young people's audiences," says Oleg Safonov, head of the Federal Agency for Tourism. "Acquaintance with the great relics and religious history of our country is very important for the moral and patriotic education of the younger generation of Russians, for its spiritual enrichment and the inculcation of traditional values for it."

Source: patriarchia.ru

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