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This is the entrance square of Pokrovsky monastery of Ukrainian Orthodox Church situated in the very center of Kharkiv city (University Street, 8). The word «Pokrovskiy» means that the monastery was dedicated to Pokrov, the Protection of the Mother of God.

[From Wikipedia:]
According to Eastern Orthodox Sacred Tradition, the apparition of Mary, the mother of Jesus, occurred during the 10th century at the Blachernae church in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul, Turkey) where several of her relics (her robe, veil, and part of her belt) were kept. On Sunday, October 1 at four in the morning, St. Andrew the Blessed Fool-for-Christ, who was a Slav by birth, saw the dome of the church open and the Virgin Mary enter, moving in the air above him, glowing and surrounded by angels and saints. She knelt and prayed with tears for all faithful Christians in the world. The Virgin Mary asked her son, Jesus Christ, to accept the prayers of all the people entreating him and looking for her protection. Once her prayer was completed, she walked to the altar and continued to pray. Afterwards, she spread her veil over all the people in the church as a protection. ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Protection_of_the_Mother_of_God)

As Kharkiv was founded by Ukrainian Cossacks, which considered Virgin Mary as their protectress and commemorated the miracle annually on October 1 (October 14 on the Gregorian calendar) as one of their main feast days, they dedicated the first church of Kharkiv’s fortress to Pokrov. In 1726 on the basis of this church the Pokrovskiy monastery was established mainly for theological educational purposes. The first institution of higher education in Eastern Ukraine, Kharkiv’s Collegium was opened there. One of the Collegium’s lecturers was Hryhoriy Skovoroda (1722 - 1794), an eminent Ukrainian poet, philosopher and composer. (His portrait is inserted into 500-hryvnia banknote, the most valuable note among Ukrainian money. Ukrainian banknotes are considered the world’s finest, but unfortunately Ukrainian currency have been revealing itself recently also as one of the world’s softest, 500 hryvnias being equal to 104 US dollars in the last August and only 65 dollars now).

In 1920 the monastery was closed and used as a historical museum. In 1992 it was returned to the Church. At the place were two rusty tanks (of the WW-I and WW-II times) stood now there is the monument seen in the picture. It marks and honors the 2000-anniversary of birth of Jesus Christ. All buildings in the monastery territory have been completely restored.

Besides the monument and administrative and educational buildings seen in the picture there are two beautiful churches in the monastery, Pokrovskiy cathedral and Ozeryanska church. The cathedral is in the Top-7 list of the most interesting Kharkiv’s sights. Both need individual representation. I am going to do so in the near future.

GPS coordinates: 49.99200 Lat, 36.22950 Long, 121 m

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