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We proceed to the village of Dolyna and turn left towards.This area is notable for extraordinary nature, picturesque and romantic landscapes, so it was not by mere accident that the northern part of the region was declared a national park. This small resort town is located among pine-woods. The main street leads to the bridge spanning the Siversky Donets. The left riverside is flat, and the right bank is hilly. The Sviatohirsk Annunciation Monastery, known from the 17 th century, is situated among oaks and maples, on chalky rocks. Near the bridge there are a parking lot, a market, and cafe. In the territory of the monastery there are hotels for pilgrims; numer­ous hotels in the city will satisfy any taste and pocket – so you will have no problem with spending the night or food. You may stay there at any season of the year, having a good time, and going sightseeing.

Excursions should be ordered beforehand at the Museum of Local Lore of Sviatohirsk state historical and cultural reserve. In 1624, under czar’s order, the land was handed over to the clergy. Underground structures, including passages and an underground church were built in the 15 th century. Under the chalky slope there were built the Assumption and the Intercession temples, pavilions for pilgrims, a refectory, and the house of the superior. The Church of St. Nicholas, the most exotic temple at the monastery, was built on a high white rock. To get to the church you should walk up the stairs from the Assumption Cathedral. A long and wind­ing path leads from the entrance to the main territory of the monastery (beware of your clothing!). On top of the moun­tain the road forks – to the right it leads to the church, underground temples, and the monument on the grave of Lieutenant V. Kamishev who carried out fire control of Soviet artillery in battles for Sviatohirsk in 1943 To the left the road leads to the memorial commemorating those who died during those battles. The memorial was set up near the gigantic sculpture of Artem (F.Sergeev) – a party functionary of the times of the estab­lishment of Soviet power. In the 1920 s I. Kavaleridze was commissioned to make a statue dominating over the cult structures of the monastery. Created in cubistic style the sculpture cannot but surprise and fascinate the viewer, and ideological competitions are of no importance in this case. From the site of the giant Artem there’s a fantastic view of the Lavra (the monastery was granted this honorable status recently), the green valley with the dark blue ribbon of the river, and the hospitable township.

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