Berdychiv is a historic town in the Zhytomyr Oblast in the North of Ukraine. It is located 44 km south of the oblast capital, Zhytomyr. The current estimated population is around 88,000. The town has a charming old center, but the greatest sight to see is the fantastic Carmelite monastery that is currently being restored.
In 1430, Grand Duke of Lithuania granted the rights over the area to Kalinik, the procurator of Zvenigorod. And there is a version that his servant named Berdich founded a settlement there. However, the etymology of the name Berdychiv is not known.
While Christianity suffered much at the hands of the Soviet, including the destruction of many churches and the martyrdom of countless Christians, belief was not eradicated nor were all historical reminders of a thousand-years of Orthodox christianity destroyed. A sampling of the remaining churches is offered here as a visible testimony to the Faith that has for so long been a part of the people of this land. More than two-dozen churches were selected for presentation in varying degrees of detail. Continue reading
Cathedral of the Dormition
Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Dormition Cathedral is one of the oldest churches of the Kievan Rus, a unique architectural monument, one of the wonders of Ukraine, the tomb of many outstanding personalities. For many centuries the Cathedral was one of the most revered shrines of the Orthodox Church. Continue reading
Kiev Pechersk Lavra
The Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery is the sacred place of the East European Christendom. Nowadays it is a living religious community which came back to life after the soviet time not so long ago. Part of the monastery is open for tourists. Continue reading
Sviatohirsk Cave Monastery
Sviatohirsk is located within 30 km from the town of Sloviansk, on the picturesque banks of the Seversky Donets River. Today Sviatohirsk is a spiritual centre, the Holy Assumption Sviatohirsk lavra, Holy Mountains National Park, historical and architectural reserve, as well as a resort of national importance. Continue reading
View of St.Andrew`s church from Podil
Podil is a live history of Kyiv, its legend, it is the most ancient quater of the Ukraine`s capital. Continue reading
St. Michael`s Golden-Domed Monastery
St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery (Mykhaylivskyi zolotoverkhyi monastyr) is a functioning monastery in Kyiv. The monastery is locatedopposite of the St. Sophia Cathedral. The site is located in the historic and administrative Uppertown and near the city’s historical commercial and merchant quarter Podil. Continue reading
Andrew`S Descent in Kiev
Andriyivskyy Descent or Andrew’s Descent is a historic descent connecting Kiev’s Upper Town to the historically commercial Podil. The street, often advertised by tour guides and operators as the “Montmartre of Kiev,” is a major tourist attraction of the city.
Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev
Saint Sophia Cathedral is one of the city’s best known landmark and an outstanding architecturel monument, built by decree of the Grand Yaroslav the Wise in 1037. In that time the Cathedral was not only the center of diocese of Kyivan Rus in its golden age, but also the main political and culturel center. Saint Sophia belongs to the World Heritage.