Curious facts about Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

Liquidation of Lavra’s own laundry

Did you know that Lavra’s own laundry was liquidated as an unprofitable “indecent” and “antisanitary” organization in the early 1880’s. Its 30 laundresses that washed the linen of Lavra’s inn and hospital for piligrims, were also fired. After that there started the search of new laundry facilities in Kyiv.

The first two candidates were found in autumn, 1882. The name of the first one was Nadiya Danikova. She was the owner of “Viennese Laundry” located in Luteranska Street. The second candidate, Olena Vasylieva, a petit bourgeois from Nyzhny Novgorod, lived in her own house on the banks of the Dnieper River, near Vydubychi Monastery. The third one was the owner of the Warsaw special laundry. Her name was Anna Yasenska, she lived in Bibikovsky Boulevard, opposite the Committee of Detainees (now Taras Shevchenko Boulevard). Her husband was an ordinary telegraphist of the government telegraph.

Anna Yasenska’s offer with reference to the prices for laundry services was the best one. But Lavra could not sign contract with her as she had not reached the age of adulthood by that time. Thus, hieromonk Oleksandr, the keeper of Lavra’s Inn, signed one-year contract with Anna’s husband – telegraphist Volodymyr Yasensky. It happened on September 15, 1882. According to the contract of 1882, to wash one piece of linen from Lavra’s inn and hospital for piligrims costed 3 kopecks. In September 1883, the contract with Volodymyr was extended for a year, and the cost for the washing of one unit increased to 4.5 kopecks. From 1884, contracts started being signed directly with Anna Yasenska, who turned 21 then.

In summer1886, the Ecclesiastical Council of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra decided to stop renewing contracts with the Warsaw Laundry of Anna Yasenska due to THE “poor washing of the hotel and hospital for pilgrims’ linen”. In autumn that same year, Anna Bogdanova, the wife of the reserve private Ivan Bogdanov, who lived in Bulvarno-Kudryavska Street in Kyiv, was elected the new laundress.


Caption to illustration:

1. View on Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra from the Dnieper River, 1890s

Anna Yanenko

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