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Illinska Church

Chernihiv, Ukraine
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The Illinska Church is an ancient temple located above the caves, creating a unique and atmospheric place for believers. It is a must-see destination that offers an unforgettable experience. The caves were founded by Anthony Anthony, a native of the Kyiv-Pechersk Monastery. To reach the Illinska Church and Anthony's Caves, you can take a small bus or car along the lower street. If you have a large bus, you will need to park it at the Trinity Cathedral and continue on foot. It is recommended to visit with a guide, and guide services can be arranged on-site. The prices are moderate, with 100 UAH for up to 5 people and 150 UAH for more than 5 people per group. However, if there are many visitors, it may require some waiting time as only three guides are available. The guide will show you the location of the famous Chernihiv ghost, "Monk Tarasy." Inside the caves, the temperature remains consistently cool, so it is advisable to wear something warmer, especially during the summer. At the box office, you can purchase souvenir magnets and various historical literature. The Illinska Church is one of the five temples from the pre-Mongol period that have managed to survive to this day in Chernigov. It was built and consecrated at the end of the 11th century or the beginning of the 12th century in honor of the Holy Prophet Elijah. The church is situated on the territory of the Theotokos Monastery, which was founded by the Monk Anthony of the Caves in 1069. Throughout history, the church has undergone restoration and rebuilding, with the most significant reconstruction taking place in the mid-17th century, funded by Chernigov Colonel Stepan Pobodaila. Since 1967, it has been a museum that forms part of the National Architectural and Historical Reserve "Ancient Chernigov." In the 1970s, it was restored by the architect M.M. Govdenko. Visitors have expressed their positive experiences with the Illinska Church, describing it as a good place with a wonderful atmosphere. Many visitors highly recommend exploring the Anthony's Caves located nearby. The church itself is an old historical building, possibly dating back to the 11th century, but it was destroyed during the Mongol-Tatar invasion. It was later restored in the 16th century and now stands as a protected architectural monument under the care of the state. Despite its slightly smaller size compared to other monuments of the same era, the church is in good condition and offers a fascinating glimpse into history.
Address:Vulytsya Illinsʹka, 29, Chernihiv



A small ancient temple above the caves. An atmospheric place for believers. Recommend!
Interesting caves were founded by anthony Anthony, a native of the Kyiv-Pechersk Monastery.
Anthony's Caves - a must see, unforgettable experience.
You can take a small bus or car along the lower street, if you need a big bus, you need to leave it in the parking lot of Trinity Cathedral and continue on foot. Ilyinskayekkrva and Anthony's Caves should be visited with a guide, services can be.. Read more »
Elias Church is one of the five temples of the pre-Mongol period that have survived to this day in Chernigov. It was built and consecrated at the end of the 11th - beginning of the 12th century, in honor of the Holy Prophet Elijah, on the territory o.. Read more »
I really liked it. A good place
Anthony's Caves are really worth a visit, as is the place around the church.
An old church next to the Anthony Caves on the Boldin Hills. Now under reconstruction. Wonderful place.
The 11-12th century church is located on the Boldin Mountains. Be sure to visit the Anthony Caves.
Historic building. Probably built in the XI century, but was destroyed during the Mongol-Tatar invasion. Eventually, approximately in the 16th century, they were restored. Compared to the monuments of the same era, it has somewhat miniature dimension.. Read more »
Gorgeous place. Centuries of history.
A place from which goosebumps))
A unique place in Chernigov. The Antony Mountains are closed for visiting. There is a well nearby. The water contains a large amount of iodine, very useful for the thyroid gland, and just drink, do not forget to take a container. A little further you.. Read more »
A quiet place located behind a bold mountain. Autumn is beautiful in the shade of yellowing leaves ..
The Orthodox Church of the XI-XII centuries. The sole survivor in the Ukraine one-nave church of Kievan Rus. As a result of reconstructions seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it also acquired Ukrainian baroque. Up to now it has reached the iconost.. Read more »
Very good aura. Quiet and quiet. It is a pity that while it is closed for restoration, but the caves are working. Cool guide Andrei Vaselenko.
The church is closed to the public. Perhaps it can be viewed during any excursion, but nowhere is this indicated.