On July 11, 2017, the Russian president together with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited Valaam Monastery in Karelia and attended a divine liturgy on the day of commemoration of Saints Sergius and Herman of Valaam.
The Transfiguration of the Saviour Patriarchal Monastery on Valaam is one the most beloved Russian monasteries. In Russian Orthodoxy, Saints Sergius and German were Greek holy monks who came to the Novgorod along with the first Orthodox missionaries and founded a monastery on Valaam Island in the north of Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe.
Today, the monastery has more than 200 inhabitants. Every year, over 100,000 pilgrims and tourists visit this monastery. Including Vladimir Putin!