The beach in Svyatogorsk is a very attractive place for hundreds of holiday-makers from all over Ukraine.
You can bathe and sunbathe or play beach volley-ball here.
For a change you can have lunch in one of the nearby cafes such as Banyanka or do some shopping at the nearby Souvenirs Market.
The monks keep dozens of birds and they are exhibited in the cages that are located behind Holy Assumption Cathedral.
There are several kinds of birds:
Coati (Nasua rufa) .
When you walk around the cathedral, you can’t help standing in front of the cages admiring the birds’ beauty and listening to their songs and feeling once again your unity with Mother Nature....
Cathedral of the Protecting Veil of the Most Holy Mother of God with a large belfry was dedicated in 1850.
After the monastery was closed by the Soviet power in the twenties of the last century there was a hydropathic establishment inside the former churchб and a mud bath was installed at the most sacred place of the church – at the place of its altar.
At present the cathedral is under reconstruction and is not open to public.
There is a icons store in the passage under the belfry now.
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 an excursion starting at 10 a.m. or at 1.30 p.m. that will take you on a 900-meters-long way with a candle in your hands.
You will see the old cave churches, images of the Orthodox saints and old hermit cells.
This picture here contradicts the existing photography ban for I took it secretly after our group leader turned round the corner...
No photography inside BTW!
St.Andrew's Chapel occupies one of the highest points on the cliff and stands above St.Nickolas Cathedral.
The chapel dates back to the end of the 18th century.
You will see this chapel after you leave the caves and you are sure to enjoy the picturesque view.
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.
The cathedral dates back to the end of the 18th century.
You can also see and visit St.Andrew’s Chapel that is as old as the cathedral and towers above it on a cliff.
You can have a nice view of the town, the river and the hills from St.Andrew’s Chapel.
We have recently been in the family Sviatogorsk, how did it beautifully! This is a great place to relax with the kids! Probably the most beautiful place here is Laura! The holy place!
We walked around, looked at the local zoo, and decided to go to the monument to Artem.
Monument to Artem - the name of the monument installed on Bald Mountain, on the right bank of the Seversky Donets River (near the town of Sviatohirsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine), in Svyatogorsk State Historical-Architectural Reserve ..
The monument was erected in 1927 in honor of Theodore A. Sergeyev (Artyom), a revolutionary, Soviet statesman and party leader, the founder of the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic, chairman of the executive committee of Donetsk.
Fortunately, that they took with them a bike for the Bears, but it would not come down))) is very steep, from the church to the monument is not meshshe 2 km, and even more. Still got to Artem. Win!!
After a long road is a fork in the road on the right of the wooden church, which is made without a single nail, and to the left Artem.
Here's a quick run to the church went pofotkali, and then to Artem. Why is quick, but because in the morning the weather was overcast, and when we reached the top, began to drip rain. In general, ran to Artem, pofotkali and back. But it was not there when my child wants to eat, we sat down on a stump, just started to bite, like a heavy downpour. It was one of three zones, of course men gave me an umbrella with a child, and took his cloak from the rain. But since there was only one adult and one children's raincoat, my child did not want to wear it, but my husband is tall, the children wore a raincoat, I))), we waited until after the rain, but not waiting, we decided to move back into the path of the car .
The road was long and wet wet .... my friend, the good that my son does not get wet ....
So, we got back to the abbey, placed candles, prayed, went to the church's shop, bought the icons and crosses his relatives, and went home. Thank God, my home, Mishka was not bad, I was advised to give him a lollipop and he licked it all the way, did not find a pharmacy. Candy saved us!)
After visiting the holy places, a little tired and soaked, we decided to still stay somewhere to dry off, have a rest and something to eat. Before the trip here, I stumbled upon a site with recreation departments in Sviatogorsk http://otpusk.dn.ua/les/svyatogorsk , where they found us a place to relax in a private pension "Svyatogorie."
This guest house is located close to the Seversky Donets. Perfect for relaxation methods: Russian sauna, billiards, tennis, children's playrooms. Well rested with renewed vigor, we drove home. By the way, this site collected all the hostels, guest houses and hotels with phones svyatogorsk administrators recommend a visit before you go!
Allow some time to take a stroll along the promenade located on the left bank of the Seversky Donets.
Turn right before crossing the bridge, walk or sit on a bench admiring the views of the Laura from the opposite bank.
Also, you can do some window shopping or some real shopping there.
There are a lot of stalls with souvenirs or dried fish (our famous treat for beer).
This cave monastery here has a special Orthodox title.
It is called a Laura, or a merited monastery.
If you are an independent visitor, without any group, you can have your own program, but many places will be inaccessible then. I mean, you won't be able to enter them, whether it's an old church or a monks' hermitage.
You can see three cathedrals on your own.
As a group member or a pilgrim, you can take a walk along a one-kilometer-long cave inside the chalk cliff and see the cave churches there and have a wonderful view of the countryside from the top of the cliff.
If you are just a traveler, you can reach the top of the cliff, if you turn left at the central gate without entering it. You will walk up the mountain road for about forty minutes to the top of the cliff and then you can take the same road back or walk to Artiom Hill.
A nice picture of the monastery
There are several churches and cathedrals at the territory of the monastery, among them the central cathedral dedicated in 1868.
The cathedral has three altars:
- the central part is dedicated to the Assumption of the Most Holy Mother of God;
- the southern part is dedicated to St.Barbara the Great Martyr and St.Tatyana the Martyr;
- the northern part is dedicated to St.Dmitry of Rostov, St.Mitrophan of Voronezh and St.Tikhon of Zadonsk.
In Soviet times the cathedral was blasphemously turned into a movie theater.
Then, when the Soviet era was over, it was restored and sanctified on September 8, 2000.
This is where people enter the caves.
Every group has a lay brother to accompany it during the one-kilometer walk, mostly upstairs.
The path leads directly to the top of the cliff.
There is also an old staircase leading to the top of the cliff above ground: several towers connected by the staircase, but it is still under reconstruction now.
You can enjoy the views from the bridge on your way to the monastery complex located on the right bank of the Seversky Donets.
There are two Cross Fountains in front of the main cathedral.
Each cross has an inscription in Old Cyrillic that is not quite easy to read.
It's nice to simply sit and ponder near a fountain.