Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

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vicIII vicIII
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Sophia Cathedral Sep 04, 2017
Sophia Cathedral (Lord's Wisdom Cathedral) is one of the ancient churches in Ukraine. The cathedral is a state reserve. It is often called the chief spiritual shrine of Ukraine.

Sophia's Cathedral built in 1011 was the principal temple symbolizing the unity and might of the Old Rus State and one of the largest and most important cathedrals in Europe of that time. The 35th session of the UNESCO General Conference included the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the foundation of Sofia Cathedral of Kyiv into the calendar of commemorative dates for 2011...

Sophia's Cathedral, a nineteen-domed church, was built in the 11th century in the reign of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, one of the outstanding princes of the feudal state of Kiev Rus.

The cathedral is the one of the oldest Ukrainian churches now. It is famous for its murals and mosaics dating back to the 11th century.

The entrance fee to the cathedral is UAH 80 ($3).

The visitors can observe the well-preserved mosaics and murals inside the cathedral and admire its color richness and expressiveness.

Sophia Cathedral has been a state reserve since 1934. It occupies the area of five hectares. It is a certified scientific institution with over 50 scientific advisors working here.

The state reserve includes the 11th-century cathedral and a number of former monastery buildings – architectural monuments of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Sophia Cathedral is famous for its mosaics and murals. Splendid is its main dome mural depicting Christ the Savior. The main dome is 4.1 meter in diameter.

The cathedral’s dimensions are: width – 35 meters and length – 37 meters.

The cathedral was called after the Greek word “sophia” meaning “wisdom”.

It was erected when the feudal state of Kiev Rus flourished in the 11th century during the reign of Prince Yaroslav the Wise.

The complex of buildings at the state reserve includes the following buildings: Sophia Cathedral, the belfry, the Metropolitan’s House, the refectory, the Brethren’s Building, School, Consistory, Southern Tower, Zaborovky’s Gate.

The museum complex is located at 24 St.Volodymyr Street. It is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., on Wednesday it is open until 5 p.m. and Thursday is a day off.
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Unesco World Heritage Sites in Kiev Aug 20, 2007
I didn't actually visit the Saint-Sophia Cathedral, because I didn't have enough time left. But the outside of the cathedral looked very nice.

I did visit the Pechersk Lavra, that is really worth visiting. You can visit one of the churches. There was a museum we visited and there was an exibition with miniatures. We walkes around the buildings and after visiting the museum we went to the caves. Do remember to take appropriate clothing with you when you visit it in the summer, i think legs have to be covered over the knees and shoulders have to be covered, but I'm not sure (to long ago ;)). Women have to cover their hair, but you can buy shawls there if you don't have any.

The caves are interesting to see, there are monks "burried" there in coffins, most totally covered in cloths, but some times you can see a hand. Before you enter the caves you can buy candles, which you do need because there are no lights in the caves. There are two cave systems the far and the near caves.

Unfortunately I haven't got any pictures, because my camera broke down during my holiday.
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