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History of Svyatogorsk Holy Assumption Monastery of the XV-XIX century

History of Svyatogorsk Holy Assumption Monastery of the XV-XIX century



The first written records for the area “HOLY MOUNTAINS” date back to 1526
Moscow records show that during the XVI - XVII centuries, the Svyatogorsk Monastery acted as a sentry post offering shelter to refugees, wounded & wanderers, providing moral and material assistance to the needy. The monastery could only be reached by ferry via the “Seversky Donec” River, known as the "Great transportation"

The fortress "HOLY PLACE" was situated near the monastery Svyatogorsk. Surrounded by mountains and dense vegetation on all sides, this area was under constant attack by the Tatars who repeatedly robbed The "SACRED PLACE” causing total destruction. The monetary was finally ruined forever in 1628.
The dangers of the Tartar Settlers was seen greatly diminished in time to come with the last pogrom attacks in these areas, taking place in 1737.
 In 1787 the monastery and surrounding villages were demolished under the decree of Empress Catherine II. Prince Tauride, Grigory Potemkin headed up the monastery “Svyatogorye” in 1790, resulting in a dissolved state for almost 57 years.
The Svyatogorsk monastery was restored in 1844 by decree of the Emperor Nicholas I.
 It is said that during the second half of the XIX century, the holy abode of God was covered with special blessings of beauty and the sublime. Under the head of  Fr Arseny, the monastery gradually grew stronger and more beautiful with the erecting of temples and buildings hosting more than 700 people living and working in the monastery. 1879 saw the rising of the so-called economic farm in the area of the Holy Mountain as the monetary began its work,

The monastery has survived until today  and it is said that the area holds a positive energy and sets up only the settler that is solely pure  and who only does good deeds. From there the symbolic expression often used by the locals:    "Well, like in the Holy Mountains"

In the XIX century Holy Mountains received pilgrimage status from Southern Russia, the Caucasus, the Don, as well as the North, leading to a great multitude of pilgrims and worshipers visiting the monastery when passing from Voronezh to Kiev.

During the First World War, the Svyatogorsk monastery hosted thousands of wounded soldiers and refugees. The monastery identified the need and funded the building of a hospital in 1915. 

The monastery of Svyatogorsk can still be found in the desert, headed by brethren monks Pochayiv Laura and its employees, and is seen as a safe abode and a warm shelter for body and soul.