Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Mhar Monastery, Lubny Ukraine

These are some of the photos I have scanned.

In July 1999, I was working on a project in Ukraine.  One Sunday in July, those of us who were instructing the Beef-Forage course decided to drive from Peryaslav-Khmelnitsky to visit the fair at Lubny just for something to do.  The Mhar  Monastery (also known as Mgarsky Monastery) was much more interesting and very close by.

It was founded in 1619.  Those who are familiar with Ukrainian history will recognize some of the great men associated with it such as Hetmans Bohdan Khmelnitsky and Ivan Mazepa.  In 1919, the Bolsheviks shot 17 monks and closed the Monastery.  It did not reopen until 1993.  We were there only 6 years later.  It looks much different today.

This site will give you a more detailed history. Right click and click Translate into English.

Mhar Monastery Lubny Ukraine

Cathedral and Bell Tower

Cathedral of the Transfiguration (from Wiki as my pics were incomplete)

Bell Tower

Detail of Cathedral
A little artistry just for fun

The interior of the church was quite lovely

More of the interior

A monument to the victims of the Holodomor was nearby in a lovely peaceful park


  1. history I didn't know...thanks..

  2. Oh, those BEAUTIFUL embroidered altar cloths! When I retire and have more time, I'm going to cross-stitch some traditional Ukrainian patterns onto, oh I don't know, towels or placemats or something.

    1. No end of patterns on the Internet I expect. Or go to the Ukrainian museum near Edmonton as they must have many differnt examples.

  3. Fascinating history! The photos are wonderful, too. :-)

  4. Nice to see the results of your scanning. What an impressive building. What is the tradition regarding the stars on the dome roof?

    1. I don't know but now you have made me curious so I will find out if I can. I have seen them on several churches here
      in Ukraine