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Hlynska Hermitage

Hlynska Hermitage was named so probably after the last name of Princes Hlynski, the proprietors of the nearby locality. At the close of the 16 th century Foma Milonov built a wooden church in place, where, according to a legend, the wonder-woiking icon of the Nativity of the Virgin appeared before the local inhabitants. In 1703 Peter I presented the volost to Het­man I.Mazepa, and the hermitage passed to Kyivan metropolis. Until 1764 there were located here the wooden Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin on a stone foundation, the heated temple of St. Nicholas, a bell tower with five bells, the buildings of monastic cells, and a refectory. In 1769 the monastery almost fully burnt down. In 1770-1781 the monks built a new stone cathedral. Until the early 20th century Hlynska Hermitage had five temples. During the 18 th-20th centuries the penance were sent to the Hermitage. The church authorities considered this place “especially convenient” for the correction of monks “who proved incorrigible in other monasteries.” In 1914, during World War I, the Hermitage became an infirmary and asylum for refugees. After the Bolshevik revolu­tion the monastery land and church silver utensils, “10 poods and 5 and % pounds by weight,” were confiscated. In 1922 the Her­mitage was closed. In the 1920 s the temples and the bell tower were blown up, and the property was plundered. A settlement for children from the Volga region was organized in Hermitaqe build­ings; later, they were handed over to an agricultural co-operative, and then, to the board of the collective farm “Red October.” After occupation of the area by the Nazzis, the Hermitage was opened and func­tioned till 1961. After the next “Khruschev’s liquidation,”the buildings were passed on to the local house of invalids. It was only in 1994 that the Hermitage was returned to the Orthodox Church. Address of the monastery: 245130. Sumy oblast. Hlukhiv district, vil. Sosnivka.

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