This is not so surprising when one considers that pilgrims and other travellers have always had the desire to bring home a keepsake reminding them of their monastery visit. Some were even said to take rocks from the monastery grounds if they were short on money. The original Valamo Monastery on Lake Lagoda founded a souvenir shop relatively early on, selling handicrafts and icons made by the resident monks.
The New Valamo Monastery’s souvenir shop is known by the name Tuohus and serves visitors daily from morning until night. The shelves of the little shop contain an extensive selection of products associated with Orthodox traditions: including hand painted icons, icon prints, oil lamps, prayer ribbons, postcards, cross and icon jewellery, beeswax church candles made at the monestary, monastery tea and many other treasures – like charming gifts and decorations.
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