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The caves monastery is the city's most fascinating tourist site. It is set on 28 hectares and you need at least half 1 day to visit it. We planned to do this trip on our first day on friday, because on saturday and sunday it is very crowded. We took the metro to Dnipro and walked to the complex of churches and buildings. The complex is devided in the Upper and Lower Lava. We started at the last one. This complex is very old, dating from 1015. We took the south-entrance to the nearer caves. If you are not claustrofobic it really is a tip to visit the caves. Monks are buried here hundred of years ago, but because of the temperature in the caves they look as new. You don't see the bodies off course, they are their wooden tombs. But everything is well-preserved.
Then we walked to the upper cave, a complex of churches, church bells and museums. First we saw the the Cathedral of Dormation, an absolute beauty. Also a must is the great Lavra Belltower, which is 96.5 metres high and is standing-free. We needed hours to see the other churches and catherals like the Church of the Trinity, Church of St. Anna, Church of the Virgin and the St. Nicholas monastery. This complex is a must-see when you are in Kiev. It was allready late in the afternoon when we get back to our hotel. The hours of walking made us tired, so we went relaxing in Hydro-park. Hydro-park is completely free, is full of locals and you can relax on a beach in the river site. Ideal when it is good weather. If you go for a swim, watch out, the water is pretty cold and is a bit poluted (dirty).