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Florovsky Monastery in Kiev

Florovsky MonasteryAscension Florovsky Monastery in Kiev, founded at the beginning of XVI century (the name of the founder remains unknown), is not only the functioning monastery, but also the historical monument. According to some data it was built at the end of the XV century.

The first reference of Kiev maiden Florovsky monastery, located in Podil on the top of Castle Hill, was found in the letter of King Sigismund II Augustus, dated to the middle of the XVI century. On the territory of the monastery were 2 churches: one was dedicated to the holy martyr Florus, the other - the holy martyr Laurus.Florovsky Monastery in Kiev
 
For two centuries the monastery has been in poverty: there was lack of money until the time of unification with the female Ascension Monastery. After this event, there was built the Church of Assumption on the territory of the monastery. After construction of the church the Florovsky Monastery became known as the Assumption Florovsky Monastery.
 
After the great fire in Podil in the early XIX century the monastery was Ascension Florovsky Monasteryalmost completely destroyed, but later the restoring works have been started, which continued up to this day.
 
The distinctive feature of Ascension Florovsky Monastery is its unique icons: some of them contain relics of holy martyrs. There is also the tomb of pious nun Helen on the territory of the monastery.

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