After the adoption of Christianity, fundamental changes took place in the minds of the people. Russia began to write the chronology of the creation of the world and a new time, like a new world perception, penetrated the consciousness of people. Thus, monasteries began to appear in Russia and monastic traditions formed, which repeatedly influenced not only the spiritual history of the Fatherland, but also its political sphere, acting as the unifying force of the nation. One of the oldest Russian monasteries is Varlaamo-Khutynsky monastery.
The life of the monastery is closely connected with the name of its founder Varlaam Khutynsky, one of the most revered saints in northern Russia. The monastery appeared in the XII century. in a “bad place” at the mercy of evil forces. Through the power of prayer, Barlaam managed to exorcise evil spirits and erect a temple - the Church of the Transfiguration Savior. Today the monastery is an architectural complex of the XVI –XIX centuries. On its territory there is a holy hill with the chapel of Varlaam Khutinsky, not far from the monastery - the holy well. In the Transfiguration Cathedral, the relics of St. Nicholas rest under a bushel. Varlaam. In the chapel of the Holy Apostle John the Theologian, the ashes of the great Russian poet and statesman Gabriel Romanovich Derzhavin, who bequeathed to bury himself in the Khutyn monastery, rest.
During World War II, the monastery was destroyed and remained in ruins for more than 40 years. The grave of Derzhavin suffered as well. In 1959, the remains of the poet and his wife were reburied in Novgorod Detinets. In 1993, in the year of the 250th anniversary of the poet, his remains were returned to the monastery.
Since April 20, 1994 - this is a functioning convent. The abbess is Abbess Alexia (Simdyankina). As of January 2012, more than 100 sisters lived in the monastery, and there is a courtyard in the village of Bykovo, Valdai District.