Since ancient times, the Zaporizhzhia island Khortytsia was considered a sacred place. Historians say that the first written mention of our island dates back to the middle of the 10th century. It is also noted here that earlier it was called the island of St. George / Gregory, on which the sacred oak is located, and next to it there is a pagan sanctuary.
"Apparently, the mystical power of Khortytsia has been known since very ancient times, and this is confirmed by interesting finds, in particular, very interesting cult complexes that belong to earlier times - not Slavic, but Scythian. However, the most interesting shrines of the Bronze Age, which are very unusual in Khortytsia. So, if traditional sanctuaries are located on the mounds, then on the island there are quite a lot of objects made of stone at the level of the ancient surface," say archaeologists, noting that these stones are not located randomly, but as if marking certain points from which it was convenient to conduct observations for solar or lunar cycles.
A sanctuary exists on the island of Khortytsia, which dates back to the 4th-3rd millennium BC. Employees of the national reserve claim that this stone structure was created earlier than the world famous Stonehenge.
The sanctuary on Khortytsia consists of several circles of stones with one higher stone and is located in the area of the Karakay beam. This monument was discovered by chance several years ago by the reserve’s employee Dmytro Nikonenko.
According to Sergiy Dudarenko, the department head of the Khortytsia National Reserve, who participated in the opening of the new facility, to date, scientists have opened a whole complex of such sanctuaries on the territory of the Khortytsia island.
“In general, the complex of these sanctuaries is an element of the Aryan sacred space. Such sanctuaries were found in Cornwall in the UK, and in Brittany in France, and on the Kola Peninsula, and in Zaporizhzhia on the island of Khortytsia. The concentration of such sanctuaries on the island of Khortytsia makes it possible to say that Khortytsia was a sacred center - the Mecca of the Bronze Age,” Dudarenko stated.