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Tour to the Historical and Architectural Preserve of
former King’s fortress-residence Zhovkva and present calm district center
possesses the biggest amount of architectural monuments of XVII- XVIII
centuries (after Lviv). The trip starts at the wooden Saint Trinity Church
with unique carved iconostasis. You will have a walk through streets with
ancient pavements, cobbled in royal period; you will visit majestic Collegiate
Church of St. Lawrence, where the representatives of the powerful medieval
families are buried: Zholkievsky, Sobiesky and Danylovych. You will see
the Nativity Church, where according to the legend, Bohdan Khmelnytsky
was baptized; fortification synagogue in the Jewish quarter, which is
one of the largest in Europe and of course the Royal Palace with impressive
fortifications. The true knightly dinner in a cosy restaurant will magnify
the medieval mood.
Krekhiv, that is near to Zhovkva, there is St. Nikolas Monastery (XVI-XVII
cc.), located in National Park of Yavoriv. It was visited by many famous
people like Ukrainian Cossak Hetmans Khmelnytskyi, Doroshenko, Mazepa,
the Moscow Tsar Peter I. The miraculous icons of St. Nicolas and Virgin
Mary are preserved in this monastery. The spring of healing water flows
in the forest on picturesque hills of Roztochchya. On the way to Lviv
we are visiting the unique Cave Monastery Stradch built in XI c. Its formation
dates back to XI century. Several monks carved a Cave monastery in sandstone
and spent their lives praying there and fasting.
Cave of Stradch is the unique monument of Christianity in Western Ukraine,
which preserved its look from ancient times, when it was the dwelling
of monks. It is the underground corridor, carved in the wide stone hill
and several side corridors. There are niches, carved in the walls of passages.
They serve as monk cells. Here, under the surface, one can feel as our
ancestors one thousand years ago, as if nothing has changed. The electricity
lights only the upper part of the cave. Further one can move only with
a flashlight or a candle. If you forget to take it with you, there will
be a possibility to buy it in Zhovkva. Candles you can buy in the ancient
church above the Cave.
The duration of excursion depends on your desire (5-6 hours).
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