Fortified temples and monasteries of Ukraine

Fortified temples occupy a special place in the architectural and sacred heritage of Ukraine.

Unfortunately, many of the structures were destroyed, mutilated, altered beyond recognition and lost their characteristic defensive features. Only a few have survived in their authentic form.

Much of that are in ruins. The few examples of restoration and restoration buildings with preservation of their original appearance are rather the exception than the rule. Unfortunately, usually the religious communities distorted the temples which were transferred to this communities.

It is very important that all defensive temples and monasteries can be officially protected by the state.

A fortified church is a church that is built to serve a defensive role in times of war. Such churches were specially designed to incorporate military features, such as thick walls, battlements, and embrasures.

(from Wikipedia)

Conventionally, sacral buildings with fortification functions can be sorted into the following types:

  • temples in the fortresses and castles yards (for example, the Medzhibizh fortress and its church of the Holy Trinity, Khmelnytskyi region)
  • fortress monasteries (a nice example is the Pidhoryan monastery, near Terebovla, Ternopil region)
  • temples-castles, single buildings with elements of fortification and which had a defensive function (for example, church in Sutkivtsi, Khmelnytskyi region)

I suggest you view my subjective collection of Fortified temples and monasteries of Ukraine below.

It is also worth viewing the collection of castles and fortresses of Ukraine here.

For convenience in trips, I suggest to use my map with the objects on the map:

blue marks are forts
orange - fortified temples and monasteries
burgundy - castles and fortresses
The peculiarity of this map and the provided collection of articles are that for each object its exact coordinates are indicated location, coordinates determined and checked by hand.

Map of castles and fortresses of Ukraine, defense temples and monasteries

Monastery of the discalced carmelites Klasztor karmelitów bosych w Berdyczowie

Berdychiv, Zhytomyr region

To know about monastery you can here

Fortified catholic church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin

Bische, Ternopil region

Fortified Synagogue

Husyatyn, Ternopil region

Monastery-fortress of St. Trinity

Derman, Rivne region

More you can read here

The Assumption Monastery at the Holy Mountain

Зимне, Волинська область

The Holy Dormition Kiev-Caves Lavra


Basilian Fathers Monastery (near village Kozulka)

Krekhiv, Lviv region

Church of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary

Lychkivtsi, Ternopil region

Manyava Skete of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Manyavaа, Ivano-Frankivsk region

Holy Trinity Monastery

Mezzhirich, Rivne region

Holy Ascension Church (XIV century)

Luzhany Chernivtsi region

Спасо-Преображенський монастир

Новгород Сіверський, Чернігівська область

Підгорянський, Оборонний монастир чину Святого Василія Великого

Підгора, Тернопільська область

Монастир походження дерева хреста Господнього

Підкамінь, Львівська область

Різдва Богородиці Молченський печерський жіночий монастир УПЦ

Путивль, Сумська область

Оборонна синагога

Сатанів, Хмельницька область

Сьогодні синагога в Сатанові виглядає не так, як на фото від 2008 року вище. Її було повністю відреставровано. Тепер це повністю функціонуючий храм.

Свято-Троїцький монастир XVI ст.

Сатанівська слобідка, Хмельницька область

Свято-Покровська церква-фортеця XIV-XVIII ст.

Сутківці, Хмельницька область

Іллінська церква

Топорівці, Чернівецька область

Історично склалося, що оборонний храм у Чесниках має багато імен.

Церква святителя Миколая, святого Михаїла, храм на честь Вознесіння Господнього

Чесники, Івано-Франківська область