Monastery's frontal view
Archaeologists deem that this monastery was established in the mid XII century the monks who settled in caves. Based on the available documents, it did function before 1800. In the beginning XIX century it was completely destroyed by the Turkish. The cloister died and revived several times. When monks left the monastery, its church became open for people.
In the early 1950s it was added to the St. John the Evangelist Khreshchatyk monastery but in 1957 it was closed by the authorities and abandoned. In March 1999 the monks from the Khreshchatyk fraternity decided to revive the Galytsya monastery for which they were Blessed by the Ruling Eparch.
To reach this site from Chernivtsi by car, follow H03 and then P63 (the quality of the latter is not as good). The distance one way will make exactly 140 km.
The monastery as seen from the Dniester
The monastery in the late autumn
This is the main entrance to the monastery
And this one is from its top, providing the beautiful Dniester panorama
As this is the area of the Dnistrovske reservoir, the Dniester is very wide here
We went through the top entrance and this is what we saw
If you enter from the top, you'll need to go down several staircases
This arch featuring medieval style looks very properly here
Narrow aisles literary hanging above the abyss are equipped with handrails to prevent falling down
Cave rooms are heated with firewood
Monastery's architecture is very attractive for tourists. Many of them don't resemble monks by far, especially when the summer is too hot
Cobble stones, probably, to pave the aisle
A stack of firewood
An icon with St Nicolas, the Monastery's patron
The "tourist" arch from its other side
The Monastery has several "floors" and, in some sense, looks like a multi-storey house
In some places hacked-out rocks are hanging over you
And they are really massive
The Dniester panorama from here is simply amazing
Although attractive for tourists, this place is, first of all, a functioning monastery with its priests and monks
The Monastery's church
Going down to the Dniester...
you'll see he pool with holy water flowing from the rock spring under the Monastery. The water temperature is never above 9°C. Some people believe this has healing properties and dip in it
And this is the holy spring
The beach below the monastery. To reach it, you'll first need to conquer about 100 m long and very steep staircases (see their beginning above, although in lower sections they are much more challenging) leading from the mountain top to the water surface. And the way back will need very good physical preparation
And the central gate again. This time, to go out
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