In Berdychiv there is a very beautiful and majestic religious building – Monastery-fortress of the Order of Discalced Carmelites. It is necessary to say that it is not simply a striking with its beauty construction but also a core around which a spiral of rich history of the city winds.
The Monastery was founded in 17th century by a Polish Magnate Yanush Tyshkevich (the owner of the city at that time). Soon he presented it to the monks of the Order of Discalced Carmelites who built underground church, cells, vaults and commercial outbuildings, extended the defensive walls strengthening them with towers. Later in honor of the opening of Monastery-fortress of the Order of Discalced Carmelites Yanush Tykevich presented thaumaturgic Icon of Blessed Virgin Mary. It caused a rapid flowering both either the monastery or the city. Soon there was a school, library and printing house built beside the building.
With time passing monastery-fortress got lots of tests among which there were ruining and rebuilding (Mariinsky church was built), fire where the Icon of Blessed Virgin Mary was burnt and part of the monastery was ruined again. Nowadays, after all the renovations and reconstructions there is a wonderful exposition of Berdichev museum in one of the rooms of the Monastery. It narrates about fascinating history of the city together with some other exhibitions.