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Sviatogorsk, a Place of Pilgrimage

Enjoy visiting a famous Ukrainian Orthodox monastery with numerous relics, picturesque views, tranquil places; a place where you are inspired with the spirit of harmony and peace...

Updated September 28, 2017
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  1. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Sviatogorsk, Ukraine
    This cave monastery has a special Orthodox title. It is called a Laura, or a merited monastery. The Greek word "laura" implies "a crowded place". Only well-known large and revered monasteries are called Lauras. Only Patriarch can assign the status of…
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    Having you, the Most Holy Mother of God, as a wall of salvation, we are saved; do not neglect, our Sovereign, and heed our prayers. These words from an Orthodox prayer are inscribed at the pedestal of the statue of the Mother of God. The statue wa…
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    The Monastery Caves are ancient caves belonging to the monastery and have been known for centuries. They are a unique place in the entire Donets Basin. You can have a guided tour starting at 10 a.m. or at 1.30 p.m. that will take you on a 900-meters…
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    The monks have a special obedience at the monastery: they keep dozens of birds and they are exhibited in the cages that are located behind Holy Assumption Cathedral. There are several kinds of birds: parrots, songbirds, golden pheasants, diamond ph…
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    St.Nickolas Cathedral located on a chalk cliff towering above the Donets is another must-see and a place of pilgrimage of lots of Orthodox Christians. The cliff is 120 m high. As our guide, Father Alexander explained, the temple, like a precious cr…
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    All Russian Saints’ Hermitage is a part of the monastery, and it is closed for public. Since our pilgrimage group was accompanied by a priest from Luhansk, Father Alexander, we were given the green light and were allowed inside. I plucked up my cou…
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    The beach in Svyatogorsk is a very attractive place for hundreds of holiday-makers from all over Ukraine. The beach is called "Time Out". You can bathe and sunbathe or play beach volley-ball here. For a change, you can have lunch in one of the nearb…
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    The monument to Artiom (Artem in Ukrainian) can be seen from afar. Artiom was the Communist party pseudonym of the Communist functionary Fiodor Sergeyev (1883-1921). He was the Prime-Minister of DKSR (Donetsk-Kryvyi Rih Socialist Republic) in 1918-19…
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    The picturesque nature, clean air and a beautiful river long before the creation of the national natural park made the valley of the Seversky Donets a favorite place of rest for residents of Donbass and the guests of the region. This National Park bo…
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    Sviatogorsk is a city where you feel like coming back again and again. It is the center of Orthodox pilgrims, a resort city and a paradise for forest and river lovers… However, epidemiologists keep reminding us of the possible dangers you might ex…
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    At present there are three spas, which we call sanatoriums, in the town, several holiday hotels, dozens of tourist camps and children’s camps in and around Svyatogorsk. The biggest sanatoriums are called: Slavyanogorsk Coalminer, Sunny. The…
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    More than ten sculptural compositions from Inkerman limestone were installed along the road leading to the Sviatogorsk Laura in late October, 2006. All the sculptures were made in this city, in Holy Mountains Land, during the work of "Sviatogorsk-200…
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    The shield on the big coat-of-arms is supported by a Free Village Cossack (on the left) and by a Russian 16-century frontier warrior (on the right). The shield represents the treasures of the town: the natural landscapes and the merited monastery. …
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    Having visited these hills, a lot of artists and writers have glorified them in their immortal works. In 1862, the poem "The Holy Mountains" written by Fiodor Tiutchev was published: Here is an extract from it: "Quietly and mildly The July n…
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    I must say the rules of behavior in our churches are rather strict. In Orthodox churches women have to wear kerchiefs or scarves over their heads and men have to take off their hats. People usually stand in these churches. There are no seats like …
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