Svyatohirsk – a town with unique sights
Svyatohirsk is a small town with a population of about 4.5 thousand people located on the Seversky Donets River, in the north of the Donetsk region. Despite its modest size, this town has several very interesting and famous sights. Photos by: Andrei Kireev.
First, we should mention the Holy Mountains Lavra – an Orthodox monastery standing on the white chalk cliffs on the right bank of the Seversky Donets.
According to church tradition, the first monks settled here in the 14th-15th centuries. Svyatohirsk monastery was first mentioned in 1624.
In the second half of the 19th century, it reached unprecedented prosperity and became one of the largest monasteries in the Russian Empire.
Svyatohirsk monastery in 1912.
Today, the Holy Mountains Lavra is a major spiritual center of the Orthodox faithful in eastern Ukraine and southern Russia.
The caves in the chalk cliff and the church of St. Nicholas standing over them.
Assumption Cathedral of the Holy Mountains Lavra.
All Saints skete of the Holy Mountains Lavra – a fine example of wooden architecture.
Artyom monument (1927). The monument was erected in honor of Fyodor Sergeev (Artyom) – the revolutionary, the Soviet state and party leader and the founder of the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic.
It is the tallest sculpture in the style of cubism in Europe (22 meters) and the most massive concrete sculpture in the world (more than 800 tons).
Artyom monument is the first and only monument to the revolutionary in the style of cubism.
Svyatohirsk – a place where monuments of different eras are intricately intertwined.
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