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Unique Fortress-Church of the Holy Intercession in Sutkivtsi

In Sutkivtsi, a small village with a population of about 1,200 people located in Yarmolinetsky district of Khmelnytskyi Oblast, there is an amazing Orthodox church dating back to the 15th century. The thickness of its walls is about 1.5-1.8 meters.

The Church of the Holy Intercession, built of gray stone with pointed, cone-shaped towers and loopholes, is a unique monument of defense construction in Podolia. It is one of the oldest defense churches in Ukraine and has no analogues in its architectural and planning solutions in the country.

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Initially, it was built as a defensive structure – the village stood on the Kuchmansky route, the usual route of Tatar raids in Podolia. In 1476, the fortification was rebuilt as a church. The church in Sutkivtsi on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

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During Soviet anti-religious persecution, this church was closed twice: from 1939 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1989. Restoration of the church was carried out in 2006-2009.

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