The Ukrainian Jerusalem, which is a part of the Mariinskyi spiritual center in Zarvanytsia village, was sanctified on August 27. In mere days after the event, this location is already flooded with pilgrims that walked miles to see the new temple.
The reason behind is that the new complex has actual life-sized copies of the main places of worship of Jerusalem. The architects managed to recreate Calvary, where Jesus Christ was crucified, the Holy Stairs on which he stepped on his way to trial, the Pool of Bethesda, which is claimed to heal the sick, the Lions' Gate and the Tower of David. Besides, an olive garden where Jesus Christ prayed before the arrest, is present in Zarvanytsia as well.
The central part of the sacred location is the copy of the Holy Sepulchre. The Ukrainian twin will now have an original piece from Jerusalem thanks to the Custos of the Holy Land Francesco Patton, who brought the stone over to Ukraine. You can see how it looked during construction:
…and on the day of sanctification:
Sure enough, Ukrainian Jerusalem isn’t the only religious landmark in Zarvanytsia. The local Cathedral of the Mother of God gathers thousands of pilgrims every year to purify their souls from any negativity. Another famous location for pilgrimage in the region is the Church of the Holy Trinity, constructed in 1747—1754. This temple is famous for storing the miraculous icon of the Holy Mother of God.
Zarvanytsia can be conveniently reached by car from Ternopil. The ride will take about an hour. Numerous buses in this direction go from Ternopil as well. Finally, suburban trains #6036, 6040, 6044 from Lviv and Ternopil also go to Zarvanytsia. The trip will last about 2 hours. The train and bus schedule may vary seasonally, so it’s always better to check beforehand.
Photo sources: kolugcc.org.ua, wikipedia.com.
Video: Живе Телебачення, SOKILDNISTER / Youtube.