Diaries of the island
To those that live there, Spasso-Kamenny Island, which is home to a monastery that was built in the 13th century, is a sacred place. An architect and an engineer, both named Alexander, sought about restoring the monastery in the 1990's after it had been abandoned for decades. Their decision to do so changed their lives and gave them a new sense of purpose. The family of the engineer, Alexander Pligin, recounts their stories of him and his labour of love restoring the monastery; a task his son remains dedicated to completing alongside his friends and others in search of redemption.