Anthony of Siya

Antony of Siya (Russian: Антоний Сийский) (1479–1556) was a Russian Orthodox monk who was proclaimed a saint after his death. He founded the Antonievo-Siysky Monastery on the River Siya in modern Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia.

17th Century icon depicting St. Antony of Siya

Antony was born a peasant. He married while a young man and was a normal peasant until after the death of his wife. He then entered the monastery at Kargopol. He did not stay there long and afterward became a wandering monk along the shores of the Arctic Ocean.

In 1520 Antony founded his monastery. He received permission from Vasily III to erect monastic buildings on state land. He also was a vocal advocate of monastic control of peasant villages.

Vasily's grandson Ivan wrote a biography on Antony.


  • Wieczynski, Joseph L., ed. (1976). "Antonii Siiskii". The Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History. Vol. 2. Gulf Breeze, Florida: Academic International Press. p. 46. ISBN 0-87569-064-5.

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