Righteous Simeon lived and died here. In the place of his grave spring came up. A great number of pilgrims flocks here. Believers trust in miraculous healings of diseases and mental disorders which take place here. Today temples of Merkushino which were for a long time in desolation are restored. It is possible to spend the night in the monastery inn – 60 rubles per day plus frugal meal according to monastic regulations.
- Poklonniy cross is placed near the entrance to Merkushino. It is the site where righteous Simeon prayed in seclusion. From the cross well-groomed path leads to the lake and stone on which, according to legend, Simeon stood, fished and gave oneself up to mediation of God.
- Town church of Novo-Tikhvin Nunnery in Kostylevo village. Monastic complex is not so big and exists not long. It is very beautiful temple with red-gold icon wall in Byzantine style. Monastery inn is also here. It is a small house where pilgrims can spend a few days. Those who stay in the inn should observe monastic regulations: morning service, liturgy and so on.
- Bogorodski spring is a place of amazing beauty not far from Kostylevo where you can see marvelous nature and real waterfall.
Duration: 14-15 hours.