A popular pilgrimage site, the Basilian Monastery in Krekhiv takes root in the long-ago 16th century when two monks from Kiev Lavra settled in a cave in the densely forested area in proximity to Vinnyki village. Hetman Zolkiewski, who was granted to call Zhovkva the Vinnyki village he owned, supported the monks and offered land to build the monastery. With roaming Tatar hordes, the monastery gained fortification walls and towers with a deep ditch around it. Time was passing, and the monastery prospered. In the beginning of the 18th century there were built St. Nicholas Church, the main temple of the nowadays monastery. By the end of the 19th century, the Basilian monastery has grown into one of the main centers of Ukrainian monasticism. Soviet rule has crossed the monastery activity out and has caused dissolution and ruination. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Basilian monastery has reopened. Continuous reconstruction has started after 1990; more than 90 monks have arrived there from the different parts of Ukraine. There was built a Ukrainian Baroque bell tower and a wooden church. The monastery is notorious for its miracle working icons of Mother of God and St. Nicholas.
In the old times hetmans Ivan Mazepa, Bogdan Khmelnitsky, and Petro Doroshenko have sponsored and contributed into the monastery development greatly. It is the shrine where these outstanding Ukrainians have been praying, listening to the monastic choir and restoring. The centuries went by, and the monastery is still the same powerful place to visit …