Belogorsky, Amur Oblast Russia
Russian OrthodoxThe monastery at Belogorsky began in the 1700s when cabins for fugitives from factories and Old Believers were built. As a place of pilgrimage, people have come for prayer, meditation, solitude, and discernment. In the Ural Mountains between Perm and Koungour, the place is called White Mountain—because the snow lasts longer here and the mountain is made of white limestone, but even more importantly, white is the color of purity and sanctity. White Mountain is a place of test for a white (clean) conscience.