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Holy Assumption Svyatogorsk Lavra

On the picturesque bank of the river. Seversky Donets, among the Cretaceous mountains covered with dense forest, there is an ancient monastic monastery - Svyatogorsky Dormition Monastery.

The Svyato-Uspenskaya Svyatogorsk Lavra is one of the three most important Orthodox shrines of Ukraine. The monastery was founded in the 13th century. on the high chalky shore of the Seversky Donets. The first written mention of the area "Holy Mountains" refers to 1526, and officially the monastery was founded in 1624, when Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich granted the brothers of the Svyatogorye land and appointed state salaries.

Initially, the monks settled in caves on the Cretaceous spurs. The whole mountain is permeated with a labyrinth of courses and cells (open to the public). The summit is crowned by the Church of St. Nicholas (XVII century.), The altar part of which is carved right in the rock. At the foot is the Assumption Cathedral (1859-61), the hotel (1877), the abbot's house (1900), the refectory with the Intercession Church (1847-51), the towers of the monastery walls. In the caves there are the underground churches of Anthony and Theodosius (XVII century), the Nativity of John the Baptist (XIX century), the cave chapel, the two tombs, the cells.

In the Svyatogorsk Lavra there were I. Repin, I. Bunin, A. Chekhov, etc. In 1922 the monastery was closed, the premises were looted, and a rest house was opened on the territory. From 1992 to 2003 continued the return of residential and business premises in the management of the restored monastery. In 2004, he was given the status of laurels.

In the Gostiny Dvor there is a historical museum of the Svyatogorsk historical and cultural reserve. In parallel, there is a monastery museum of the monastery's history. The visit to the monastery is strictly regulated, the Cossack guards follow the order closely.

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