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Saint Sophia Cathedral

24 Volodymyrska Str, Kiev, Ukraine
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Ranked #3 of 403 Attractions in Kiev
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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... more » 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. « less
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NJ
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277 reviews 277 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is absolutely one of my favorite sites in Kiev. The cathedral has been beautifully restored. The medieval icons and floors are amazing. Just walk around slowly and take it all in one icon at a time. They don't allow you to take any photos and have an army of woman watching the visitors. The grounds are also very beautiful... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful Cathedral with lovely extensive grounds. The grounds by itself is a nice place for a stroll or to sit and take in the lovely architecture. On entering the cathedral one is struck by the architectural style and the amazing frescos and mosaics. The faded frescos are everywhere, but the colour is still there. They are amazing... More

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I've been in Kiev, Ukraine for the first and sole time long time ago, back in 1980. Then been only 22 years old, I with my parents made a gorgeous journey downward the course of the mother river of the whole Russia, the Volga. But before we started with our beautiful luxury russian riverboat from the city of the Kazan... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Extensive grounds, rich in history. Great way to understand historical context, Ukraine's place in the world. Not to mention the sweeping views from the bell tower.

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Not costy, but very impresive especially in autumn time to go on the top of the St. Sophia's tower and have a look on Kiev.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This place have special atmosphere. Try to find corner there you can sit alone. Very good for meditation.

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Kiev
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

A "must" visit when in Kiev! Incredible icons, ceilings and floors, have been there many times and it remains as interesting as the first visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The sanctuary in Saint Sophia Cathedral is amazing. The paintings, floors and icons have all be restored and it is worth a visit.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A great place to visit with traditional look and the best of Eastern Orthodox as well as Russian architecture you would be able to find any where in the world.

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

St. Sophia's will take your breath away. It's absolutely beautiful. Spend plenty of time here and make sure that you have plenty of space on your camera.

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