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Saint Sophia Cathedral

Address: 24 Volodymyrska Str, Kiev, Ukraine
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Ranked #1 of 323 Attractions in Kiev
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The cathedral was built over nine centuries and is a great example of Byzantine and Ukrainian...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The cathedral was built over nine centuries and is a great example of Byzantine and Ukrainian Baroque architecture. The interior contains mosaics and frescoes dating back to the 11th century.

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Indiana
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

A must see if you are in Kiev. The cathedral is beautiful but the history contained here is powerful. I have visited the cathedral several times. Helps give you a better understanding of Russian/Ukrainian history. Very peaceful and tranquil, but still more than just a tourist stop. Monks still work and teach here. A historical dig has been going on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Classic, historical and palpable. It had a feeling of power and relevance, and you could feel that you were in a special place

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Bath, United Kingdom
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333 helpful votes 333 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This church is a real highlight of the city. Interesting grounds to stroll around and a beautiful cathedral to admire from the outside where its Gold domes dominate the landscape. Inside intricate frescos and icons mean you can lose yourself at the great workmanship and also in the locals who are praying and worshipping.

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Sandefjord, Norway
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Worth the price of entry. But they charge for everything. Some interesting history and located near other sites. The main cathedral is pretty awesome. Have been pretty impressed with kiev and its antiquities

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Manchester
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Easy to find, some interesting things to view. Close to city centre so an easy way to kill a couple of hours

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Amsterdam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It is interesting and you can see the entire place in an afternoon. It is not as crowded as other tourist attraction in Kivy.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Loved the way the structure and its construction is displayed, with some features represented on the galleries on upper floors, and open spaces covered with clear plastic to see what was there so long ago.

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 via mobile

The history contained in it is really something and I had to visit twice. Very tranquil and good space for reflection. The museum staff were really helpful when I went and directed me to a staircase going upstairs as well, as I didn't realise there was one there. I also climbed the tower (not for the unfit or those scared... More 

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Kiev
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Many may wonder what is at the heart of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. But here in Kiev with its many golden domed cathedrals is where Russia began a thousand years ago. So, understand Russia/Ukraine you need to understand its beginnings here in Kiev. Saint Sophia Cathedral is where it began. It still retains its originality contrary to the... More 

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Whittier, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is an interesting location with an active archaeological dig in the back. You can climb the bell tower, which in retrospect I probably wouldn't do again but you can take some good pictures from the top. Inside the church, which is beautiful, you can see the coffin of Yaroslav the Wise.

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