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Lovely serene place but quite small

Lovely serene place but if combined with a walk along the river, as there isn't much to see there... read more

Reviewed September 14, 2016
Ira I
So beautiful and peaceful

Nice walk along the river before reaching the Monastery which stands gracely in front of you aftet... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2016
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Reviewed September 14, 2016

Lovely serene place but if combined with a walk along the river, as there isn't much to see there. The river walk was lovely and relaxing

Thank Ira I
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Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Nice walk along the river before reaching the Monastery which stands gracely in front of you aftet you entered the gate and climbed a few stairs. The nuns are very welcoming and if i may say so beautifully graceful. The atmosphete is peaceful, the garden of the upper monastery invites to meditation.

Thank Voduyen
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Reviewed October 13, 2015

Worth seeing. Outskirts of city. Not close to public transportation. Advise cab or driver. Both new (aproximatly 10 years) and old (100+ years) chapels on grounds. Both new and old style alters etc. Grounds are well tended with beautiful flower gardens.

Thank John S
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The previous review is descriptive and helpful enough, i can just second that.
Good to visit if you have a spare hour or two in Mukachevo.
if you like walking - it's like 20-30 minutes from the center by the riverside.
There is a fair restaurant called Jakir (Anchor - and the anchor itself) on the half way next to the bridge - good to have a break there.
Taxi from the city center would cost 2-3 euros.

Thank Olek M
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

In my opinion, Orthodox Monastery of St. Nicholas is a must-see in Mukacheve, second next after the Palanok Castle. Peaceful atmosphere, amazing scenery with the Latorica River right by and rich history make it a marvellous place to visit, even for non-believers.

Located in a fair distance from the city centre. So I recommend taking a cab to get there and then treating yourself for a scenic walk back to downtown along the green slopes of the Latorica River (see my separate review). One of the best views of the monastery is from the other side of the river.

St. Nicholas is one of the oldest monasteries in the area and also a remarkable monument of sacral architecture.

It was built on the hill called Chernecha Hora (Monk’s Mountain). According to the legend, those were the monks from Kyiv Pechersk Lavra who came together with Anastasia, the daughter of Kyiv Prince Yaroslav the Wise and the wife of the Hungarian King Andrew I that settled here in XI.

The known history of the monastery dates back to the second half of the XIV and is associated with Prince Theodore Koryatovich. One day during the hunt he was attacked by a predator and, fearing mortal danger, promised to build a monastery if kept alive. The animal did not touch the prince, and he built a wooden monastery here.

For many years St.Nicolas was an important cultural centre. It maintained historic records, including of the ancient Transcarpathian history, had a library and a school. Many valuable Old Church Slavonic books were kept here and the rare records like “Transcarpathian Gospel” (1401) and “The Bible” by Ivan Fyodorov (1581).

In XV St. Nicolas Monastery was the residence of the Bishop of Mukacheve. In XVII, the monastery joined the Basilian Order.

Shortly after the WWII, the Soviet authorities declared the liquidation of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The monks were forced to either convert, or exile, and the monastery was transformed into an Orthodox nunnery, a convent for the nuns from the other closed monasteries. Its collection of rare books and manuscripts was largely transferred to the Uzhhorod University; some samples were given to the local museums and archives.

Presently, St. Nicolas Monastery remains an acting nunnery, but both pilgrims and visitors are allowed inside. It is wise to preserve a conservative dress-code while visiting the convent.

4  Thank Cora_v
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