Lutsk invites you to visit its historical and religious sights: Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Lutheran and other religious shrines that peacefully coexist in the city and attract many pilgrims from different countries.
A monumental cathedral of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, the biggest temple among the eastern Jesuit shrines, is waiting for meeting with you. Being forty-two meters in height the cathedral had been built for more than 20 years on an Italian architect Giacomo Briano’s project.
Walking around the city one should look in Jesuit College that will tell you a story on how, during ancient times, its walls stored a huge library, student theater, an underground temple with an altar and “stone bags” where monks kept prisoners.
Visiting the Holy Trinity Cathedral you will learn that Bernardine Monastery and the main temple of Volyn province were here during Poland’s rule on Ukrainian lands. The Bernardines is monastic order of the Catholic Church came to Volyn after the Union of Lublin in 1569.
Moreover, you have a chance to visit the Basilian monastery with the Holy Cross Church built by the Orthodox Brotherhood of Volyn gentlemen to protect the faith, language and culture from the state religion of Catholicism.
Meet with Lutheran Church, one of the most spectacular buildings of the city of Lutsk, built by the church community of German settlers in neo-Gothic style. Lutheran church with its neo-Gothic spire is one of the most magnificent buildings of a modern Lutsk.
The city also has the Dominican monastery, the Dominican juridical that was legally independent from the city. During the heyday of the Catholic Church a school, paper factory and a musical chapel functioned in the monastery.Today, the monastery is a residence of a seminary of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Welcome to the main synagogue of Lutsk, that is a monument to the cult of Jewish architecture of the XVII century that, because of fortifications, was named as “Little Castle”. The main synagogue was built due to privilege of King Sigismund III and diligence of large Jewish community of Lutsk at the beginning of the XVII century. The synagogue was the center of Jewish spirituality, education and culture in Volyn. This is an architectural monument of the Middle Ages and memory about tens of thousands of Jews in Lutsk ghetto killed by the Nazis in 1942.
If you visit the monastery brigitok you will learn that in the XX century it was a place where the district “Lutsk prison” was located; about 2 thousand of residents of Volyn were illegally shot in 1941 here. Today, there is a castle of St. Archangel Monastery and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kiev Patriarchate.
You are going to see an architectural monument of national significance, the Church of the Intercession of the Holy Mother of God (Church of the Intercession) - one of two Orthodox churches of the royal period of history remained in Lutsk. A wall of the church has two burials of its priests: Archpriest Alexander Teodorović (†1879) and Archpriest Alexander Ogibovsky (†1938). In 2002, a memorial sign in honor of the 1010th anniversary of the Volyn Diocese was installed.
Visit the shrines of Lutsk; touching them you will equivalently touch soul of the city with power of faith of its inhabitants carefully kept by.
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