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Saint Sophia Cathedral

Address: 24 Volodymyrska Str, Kiev, Ukraine
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Ranked #1 of 334 Attractions in Kiev
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Love the modern art exhibit of Mary on the top floor made with faberge eggs. Lots of other art which we found enjoyable along with active excavations

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful exterior and stunning interior. Bell tower not open to public at this time of year but in good weather the view is more than worth the climb. Also pleasant to sit in the grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We found our way to St Sophia's to see the cathedral as well as the Christmas tree in the square out front. A wonderful experience for friends and family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Beautiful Cathedral! Located in the centre of the city. Good if you want to learn more about Orthodox Chirches

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

St. Sophia is across the street from St. Michael's and yet unlike St. Michael's, is not free entrance and is also less intricate on the inside. Is a nice and old construction but nothing spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This site is a must see when visiting Kiev. Plan to spend at least 2 hours here. The main church is simply incredible. The bell tower is closed until March :( Be sure to check out Saint Michael's just down the street - the views from the bell tower there provide an unreal view of both Saint Sophia's and Saint... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Pay a penny at the entrance and climb to the (almost) very top of the cathedral's bell tower. It is a bit scary because of the height but it is also very nice view seen from there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

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

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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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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