"The Village of Krasne Luhansk Region" Krasne by hunterV
Krasne Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 108 photos
This is how the local mass media is trying to call this place. The village itself has only about 400 inhabitants. It is located on the River Luhanchik, a tributary of the Luhanka, on which the city of Luhansk stands. An old church and a monastery complex, that is under construction now, adorn this village.
There are 300 stairs leading to the top of the hill where a friary is being built. To ascend the stairs, you have to ask Mother Illaria for blessing. She is the chief nun of the monastery located to the left of the road leading to the church.
The entire monastery complex is under construction now, but a lot has been completed already. Your climb of 300 stairs to the monastery building located on the hill is a rewarding experience. You can see a huge cross, the biggest one in Luhansk region, in front of the monastery building. There is a blackthorn bush beneath the cross on the hill. They say this bush has always been here and was not planted especially to adorn the project. The entire staircase symbolizes Passions of Christ. Soon there will be five chapels located beside the stairs. This is where you will be able to pause and ponder on your way to the Cross.
I planned visiting this village after I had read a booklet about tourist routes in Luhansk region. The article about Krasne is called the Abode of the Good.
My friends and I enjoyed our stay there. We were lucky since our visit coincided with a big church festival: the Feast of the Beheading of St John, the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord.
There was a liturgy at the church and a group of pilgrims from the city of Yenakiyevo of the neighboring Donets region was present there. So we joined the group for ascending the stairs and for the traditional common lunch in the monastery refectory.
It was a nice day trip and I would like to revisit this place next year after the construction of the new monastery complex is completed. Live and see.
The village of Krasne, located in Krasnodon County of Luhansk region, lies to the south of Luhansk, and can be easily reached by a route bus from the bus terminal located at the old railway station in Kirov Street.
The village has an interesting history. It was founded in 1775 by the local landlord Somov. He commissioned the construction of a wooden church in his village and invited peasants from the neighboring villages for that project. The peasants brought oak logs for the construction and worked there for about five years. The villagers began to call them "church people? and soon the people from the new village were called church people as well. In 1780 the new village got the name of Tserkovne (Church Village) after the people who were called ?church people? then ? both the construction workers and the villagers.
The village church is called after the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple. The church was designed for 500 parishioners.
In 1870 a new stone church was dedicated. It was built of red bricks in the form of a cross. After the October coup of 1917, the new Bolshevik authorities decided to introduce militant atheism and began to fight the Orthodoxy. Churches and monasteries were being closed and plundered, and the priests were being arrested, tortured and executed ?by the will of the people?, as the Bolsheviks called all those atrocities done by them. The atheism wave arrived to this village in 1922. The Bolsheviks confiscated all the church valuables without any prior warning or explanation and forbade the church chimes.
On July 23, 1923 the local Bolshevik chiefs decided to rename the village of Tserkovne ("Church Village") into Krasne in view of the numerous revolutionary battles that had taken place in the vicinity.
In December 1932 the church bells were removed from the belfry and taken away. On April 24, 1935 by the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Bolshevik Ukraine the church was closed down and totally plundered, and the church building was given to the church club.
The church was reopened in 1942, when the authorities started seeking a union with the Orthodoxy. However, the merciless struggle of the Communists (since 1952 the Bolsheviks decided to be called so) resumed with a new and bigger force. On December 30, 1959 the church was closed down for the second time and the building was given to the local collective farm to be used as a grain storehouse. Suddenly, In 1961 tractors arrived and began to tear the church apart, which had not taken place even in the gloomy Stalin era. The authorized tractor drivers worked in vain, the chains broke, and the church building remained intact, except some minor damage.
The revival of the church began at the beginning of the 21st century. Father Andrey (Dubina) from Luhansk was commissioned with the task of restoration of the church. On December 4, 2004, on the church?s Feast Day, the liturgy took place in the renovated church for the first time.
Now there is a convent with forty-four nuns here. Mother Illaria is the chief nun here.
The new project is now under construction: the erection of the gigantic staircase to the newly designed and planned a friary, that will be located up the hill. The uphill monastery is not completed yet and there are no monks.
- Pros:Monastery Complex under construction
- Cons:country roads,few visitors
- In a nutshell:The Village with The Biggest Cross
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