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Saint Nicholas Women’s Monastery

The Mykolaiv Mukachevo Monastery of the UOC-MP is an Orthodox monastery on Chernecha Hill in Mukachevo ( Transcarpathian region). It is under the jurisdiction of the Mukachevo and Uzhhorod Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. St Nicholas Church and cells are an architectural monument of national importance. According to legend, it was founded in the XI century. The first written mention of the monastery dates back to the XIV century. Initially, it was a male Orthodox monastery. In 1491, it even became the residence of the Transcarpathian Orthodox bishops.

From 1664 to 1946, the monastery was owned by the Greek Catholic Basilian monastic order. During its existence, the monastery was repeatedly destroyed in the course of severe wars and fires. The modern buildings of the monastery were built in the XVIII-XIX centuries. The cells themselves were built in 1766-1772, and St Nicholas Church in 1798-1804.

After the advent of Soviet rule in 1946, the monastery was forcibly transferred to the Orthodox and transformed from a men’s monastery into the St Nicholas Convent, which still operates today.

Свято-Миколаївський жіночий монастир

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Brief overview

🗺 Location N48°27’18″ E22°44’1″
🏛 Start of construction XI century
🔰 Ownership Mukachevo diocese of the UOC
🧭 Distance from Mukachevo Near
🚙 Road for Auto and on foot
🏕 Stop with a tent No
🏡 Housing nearby Mukachevo
☕ Cafes and shops Mukachevo

Legends of the Mukachevo Monastery

According to legend, Anastasia, the daughter of Yaroslav the Wise, was involved in the foundation of the monastery. In the distant XI century, she travelled through our region with her retinue to visit her husband, King Endre I of Hungary.

Historical sources confirm the fact that at the end of the XIV century, Prince Fedir Koryatovych rebuilt the existing monastery and built a wooden church here. According to legend, once, while hunting, Prince Fedir Koryatovych was attacked by a predatory animal. The prince prayed to God to save him, and in return he vowed to build a monastery. Immediately after the prayer, the prince escaped from the clutches of the beast and fled. Fedor Koryatovich did not forget his vow and indeed built a monastery on the same spot where he fought the ferocious beast.

In 1491, the monastery of St Nicholas in Mukachevo became the residence of an Orthodox bishop. After the adoption of the Uzhhorod Greek Catholic Union in 1646, St Nicholas Monastery played an important role in promoting Uniatism. In 1751, the Basilians took possession of the monastery complex. In St Nicholas Monastery, the Basilians managed to collect a huge number of old prints and ancient manuscripts. In addition, the monastery kept its own chronicle.

After the inclusion of Transcarpathia he valuable library of the monastery was confiscated by the Soviet authorities and transferred to the newly opened Uzhhorod State University. In addition, in 1947, the monastery itself was taken away from the Basilians and transferred to Orthodox nuns. The Basilian monks, who numbered 33 at the time, were forced to leave the monastery. The Soviet authorities allowed each monk to take only one plate, spoon and pillow from the monastery.

From its foundation until 1661, all the buildings of the monastery were wooden, and in 1661 a stone rotunda was built here (the author of the project was S. Pianens). Unfortunately, the building was dismantled in the XIX century.

Today, the monastery has the following historical and architectural monuments:

  • St Nicholas Church in the style of classicism (1789-1804);
  • Baroque two-storey cells (1766-1772);
  • Baroque fence with towers (XVII century);
  • old distillery.

The Church of St Nicholas contains examples of sacred painting of the XIX-XX centuries. The church also houses the grave of the monastery’s builder, Dmytro Ratz (1710-1782).

How to get to St. Nicholas Women’s Monastery?

 Walking route

🔰 Start From Victory Park (across Sadova Street)
🚶 Walking distance 1.2 km
🕐 Approximate time 14 minutes
⬆ Rise Mostly without ups and downs

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Tours and excursions

Хостел «Солензара», Мукачево
62 Soborna St., 1A, Mukachevo
+380 ....

from 400₴/night
Готель Кайзервальд Карпати
Karpaty, 1B (Schönborn Castle)
+380 ....

from 1300₴/night
Готель «Аполлон» у Мукачево
Mukachevo, 11B Partizanska str.
+380 ....

from 800₴/night
Готель «Дельфін» у Мукачеві
Mukachevo, 1A Uzhhorodska str.
+380 ....

from 900₴/night
Хостел «Vokzal» у Мукачево
Mukachevo, 1 Vokzalna str.
+380 ....

from 280₴/night
Готель «L&M» у Мукачеві
8 Michurina St., Mukachevo
+380 ....

from 855₴/night
Готель «Червона Гора» у Мукачево
Mukachevo, 1A Chervona Gora St.
+380 ....

from 600₴/night
Санаторій Карпати
Karpaty, 1, Transcarpathian region
+380 ....

from 990₴/day
VIP hostel, Mukachevo
street Peace 66, Mukachevo
+380 ....

from 500 ₴/night
Hotel "Ferdinand", Mukachevo
Mukachevo, University street 58A
+380 ....

from 1750 ₴/night
Star Hotel, Mukachevo
Sq. Cyril and Methodius, 10-12, Mukachevo
+380 ....

from 790 ₴/night
Будиночки Secret Place в Сусково
Suskovo village, 283
+380 ....
from 3000 ₴/day
Chalet Family у Сусково
Suskovo village, 300
+380 ....
from 1200 ₴/night
Садиба «Ранчо у Віктора» в Мукачево
101 Krylova St., Mukachevo
+380 ....

from 600₴/night
Апартаменти «Domovik» у Мукачево
Mukachevo, 5/69 Valenberga str.
+380 ....

from 400₴/night
Lux Guest Hous Мukachevo
st. Sechenov, 3, Mukachevo
+380 ....

from 2400₴/day
Садиба «Смерекова хата» у Синяку
Sinyak village
+380 ....

from 460₴/night
Котеджний комплекс «Білочка»
the village of Lisarnya
+380 ....

from 1400₴/night
Домашня садиба у Мукачево
St. Turyanitsy, 1, Mukachevo
+380 ....

from 500₴/night
Садиба «Лісова пісня»
Sinyak village, 69
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from 400₴/day

Where to eat?

Гриль-паб «Таверна» у Мукачеві
110 Berehivska St., Mukachevo
+380 ....
Ресторан "Козачок"
Chinadievo, str. Dukhnovycha, 106
+380 ....
Restaurant "Decent Gazda"
Mukachevo, street Erdeli, 36A
+380 ....
Bograch Restaurant in Mukachevo
Cyril and Methodius Square 10-12, Mukachevo
+380 ....
Villa Del Re restaurant in Mukachevo
Mukachevo, Soborna Street, 14
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Leisure activities nearby

Винний погріб «Кельтський двір»
14 Pidlovachna Street, Mukachevo
+380 ....
Аквапарк «Карпатія»
St. Dukhnovycha, 89, Mukachevo
+380 ....