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Castle ruins and the monastery
Castle ruins and the monastery
Coat of arms of Yazlovets
Coat of arms
Yazlovets is located in Ternopil Oblast
Location of Chortkiv in Ukraine
Yazlovets is located in Ukraine
Coordinates: 48°57′41″N 25°26′42″E / 48.96139°N 25.44500°E / 48.96139; 25.44500Coordinates: 48°57′41″N 25°26′42″E / 48.96139°N 25.44500°E / 48.96139; 25.44500
Country  Ukraine
Province  Ternopil Oblast
District Buchach Raion
First mentioned 15th century
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Church of St. Nicholaus

Yazlovets (Ukrainian: Язловець, Polish: Jazłowiec) is a village in the Buchach Raion, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine and a Roman Catholic pilgrimage center of local significance. It's located at around 16 km south of Buchach and presently has around 600 inhabitants. In 1947–1991 it was known as Yablunivka.


First written mention comes from the 15th century, naming Yazlovets as the property of the Jazłowiecki (Yazlovetsky) noble family, a branch of the Buczacki (Buchacki) family from neighboring Buchach. The heirs of Yazlovets are recorded in history for their contribution to the defense of Christendom against the Turkic invasion.

In the 16th century a stone church dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a monastery of the Dominican Order and a castle were constructed. In 1615 the Yazlovetskys issued privileges encouraging Armenian refugees from the Crimea to settle in Yazlovets, similar to those found in Kamianets-Podilskyi, which brought in increased income from trade. The town's prosperity lasted until 1672, when it was captured by the Ottomans and occupied for ten years. It was nominally ruled by Ottomans between 1682-1699 and ravaged by Poles and Turks in this period. It was a sanjak centre as "Yazlofça" in Podolia Eyalet of Ottoman Empire.

In the 18th century Yazlovets was the property of successively Koniecpolski, Lubomirski and Poniatowski families. In 1718 the Pauline Fathers were invited to the town. In 1772 Yazlovets came under Austrian rule, the policies of Emperor Joseph II led to the closing of both monasteries. In 1810 the ruined Armenian church was restored, given to the towns Ukrainian community and consecrated to St. Nicholaus.

In 1863 Marcelina Darowska established the monastery of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the ruined castle donated for this purpose. The sisters ministered in education first in Yazlovets itself and then creating a network of rural elementary schools. A Statue of Immaculately Conceived Mother of God was consecrated by saint archbishop Sigismund Felix Feliński in 1883 in the monastery's chapel and in 1939 crowned by the Cardinal Primate of Poland August Hlond with a crown given conferred by Pope Pius XII.

During World War I Yazlovets was heavily damaged by Russians in 1916. Later in 1919 a three-day-long battle was fought over the city by Poles and Ukrainians locked in a fratricidal conflict, each trying to secure their statehood. The battle was won by Poles; however 20 years later the region fell under Soviet rule with the outbreak of World War II.

In 1945 the town was degraded to the status of a village and renamed to Yablunivka, or Yablonovka in Russian. The monastery was closed by communists in 1946. However following the collapse of the soviet union and the reemergence of independent Ukraine after half a century the original name was restored and the monastery was renewed. For safety the Statue was moved in 1946 to Szymanów, near Niepokalanów about 20 km from the Polish capital of Warsaw, where it still remains, but a copy has been placed in Yazlovets. After the beatification of Marcelina Darowska by the Pope John Paul II in 1996, the chapel of the Sisters in Yazlovets was proclaimed a Sanctuary of the Blessed Marcelina Darowska on September 1, 1999 by the Latin Rite Metropolitan of Lviv Cardinal Marian Jaworski.

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