Sviatogorsk Travel Guide

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Sviatogorsk Overview

This is not just a place for a tourist visit. It is a place where you can be inspired with the spirit of God, with a sense of harmony with nature and the joy of peace. You have to come into contact with this sacred place with all your heart and absorb its blessings... Many Orthodox Christians have made a pilgrimage to this sacred place and keep coming back to it. This place has become the spiritual center of the southeastern Ukraine.

These hills have rich history, and the caves inside the chalk cliff are ancient. The caves, that are open for public, are about one kilometer long. They are almost identical to those of Kiev Cave Monastery. Many Orthodox Christians have made a pilgrimage to this sacred place and keep coming back to it. This place has become the spiritual center of the southeastern Ukraine.

The monastery is called Holy Assumption Laura, and the central cathedral here is called Cathedral of the Protecting Veil of the Most Holy Mother of God. The cathedral was founded in 1698. It was fit into a chalk rock. This is where the wonder working icon of Mother of God is kept. It is called Svyatogorsk-root Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God. September 24, 2004 is the day when Holy Assumption Monastery was sanctified after it had been awarded with the status of Laura – merited monastery – in the spring of 2004. There are only three monasteries in Ukraine having that honorary status: the Cave Monastery in Kiev, Pochayiv Monastery in Ternopil region and Holy Assumption Monastery in Svyatogorsk. All of them are called Laura (merited monastery) instead of simply a monastery.

The town itself occupies quite a small territory: only 8.4 square kilometers/3.2 square miles. The population of Svyatogorsk is a little over five thousand inhabitants, that is, it could easily be called a village by our standards. The present town was called Bathhouse Settlement until 1964 when it got municipal rights as the town of Slavyanogorsk. In 2003 it was renamed into Svyatogorsk (Holy Mountains Town).

The town's industry is limited to a mineral water factory and a small furniture factory. The town has long been known as a resort town of Ukraine. At present there are three sanatoriums in the town, 32 holiday hotels, 39 children's health centers.