Krekhiv shrines

The most famous historical and sacred object of Roztochia St. Nicholas Basilian Monastery (17-18th centuries) in the village of Krekhiv. In the 16th century, the monks Yoil and Sylvester founded a cave church. At the beginning of the 17th century, Stanislav Zholkevskyi gave permission for the construction of the monastery. The monastery was originally build of wood, the defensive walls being added as the wealth of the monastery grew. A certificate of permission was issued by King Korbut Vyshnevetskyi.

Today the monastery complex unites the church of St. Nicholas, the bell tower, cell buildings, outbuildings, and ancient defensive walls with towers.

The names of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi, Petro Doroshenko, and Ivan Mazepa are connected with the Krekhiv Monastery.

Every year, thousands of pilgrims visit the monastery. Most of them gather for the holiday of May 22 (the feast of the transfer of the relics of St. Nicholas from the Lycian Myra to Bari, the holiday known as “warm St. Nicholas Day”).

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