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Saint Sophia Cathedral

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Address: 24 Volodymyrska Str, Kiev, Ukraine
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Description: The cathedral was built over nine centuries and is a great example of...
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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A must do in Kiev. The Saint Sophia Cathedral has been restored and maintained fantastically, its a great way to see 11th century architecture and the developments of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

A must do in Kiev. The Saint Sophia Cathedral has been restored and maintained fantastically, its a great way to see 11th century architecture and the developments of architecture and design through the ages. The fresco's and mosaics that have been uncovered are remarkable as is the restoration work on everything. Remember to look up. It's worth paying the extra... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

favorite, one of the oldest churches and first stone buildings in Ukraine. Be sure to show all visitors that want to see Kyiv

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Once you come here - forget about megapolis everydays life. Here it is calm and quiet.You will feel history itself here. Just leave all your thoughts behind the doors, and spend there time in no hurry. Tower is worth climbing on it. Excursion will be of a great use

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

my sister and I went to kyiv may 2014, while the cathedral was under restoration. We were still able to walk in- very beautiful-very old- The staff were very polite, they talked to us about how we're enjoying Ukraine, etc... It's in a great central location, we walked (hostel was in podil). You have to pay to enter each different... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

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

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

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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