Many Orthodox Christians venerate Saint Pavel of Taganrog. It is believed that he received from God the gift of healing people. The blessed elder was born in a noble family of Chernigov Province, spent many years travelling from town to town, and finally settled in Taganrog around 1840s. He worked hard to purify his soul and body from passions and sins.
Saint Pavel achieved deepest respect for having prayed, fasted, and distributed his belongings among the poor. It is believed that if you come to pray near his burial place or in the blessed elder’s house, anything you ask will come true.
Pavel was buried at Taganrog Memorial Park Cemetery. Up until 1912 a wooden chapel stood above his grave, which was replaced by another made of stone and white marble. In 1925 it was demolished as an “obscurantism spot”, but the influx of pilgrims to this place never stopped.
In 1995 a new chapel made of brick was built at private expense. In 1999 the Russian Orthodox Church canonized the elder Pavel and a shrine with his holy relics was placed inside Taganrog’s Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Church.
The house in Turgenevsky Pereulok 82, where the blessed elder spent the last years of his life, is now known as “The Kelya of Saint Pavel of Taganrog”. Today it is a popular place of pilgrimage.