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Saint Sophia Cathedral

24 Volodymyrska Str, Kiev, Ukraine
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Ranked #1 of 383 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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Maidenhead
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

A beautiful church set in pretty gardens - where you will find a giant Easter Egg & a tinsel tree :-)

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Oslo, Norway
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The complex include a large church, several exhibitions and both contemporary art and historical art. I recommend opting for the + tickets as this gives you access to all facilities. The price for entering was a mere 4£, and its size gives you the option of spending everything from a couple of hours to a whole day there. Pro: huge... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Do not miss this treasure. Do buy the full package of the site WITH the bell tower to get sweeping 360 degrees views on Kiev. You can easily spend 3 hours in the whole site...

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Kiev, Ukraine
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Saint Sophia is architecturally amazing, I love the style of Orthodox churches with soft and rich pastel colors, but the inside of the main church are breathtaking with incredible paintings and the gold chorus.

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Oslo
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This one is a great one, so compared to other cathedrals I have been to this is in the top 3. Located pretty close to the main street of Kiev, it is a bit of a climb up a short hill. But well worth the visit, the whole area has several buildings that you can look into. There is also... More

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San Francisco, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is an impressive old cathedral, with very old frescos. It's worth a visit to get the feel of the place, and has nice grounds around it.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

the complex is huge and after renovation looks great, well worth a visit, it will take around 1 hour to visit everything, it is possible to buy a single entry ticket or a combo to get inside everywhere

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

St. Sophia's is no longer a working cathedral but is well worth a visit. Like a lot of places, the ticketing can get a little confusing as you pay for each thing separately (not that any of it is expensive) and there is an English version to check. Entry to the grounds alone is 5 UAH (currently about 25p) then... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

There is so much to see and appreciate here, the architecture is outstanding and there are exhibitions on site worth visiting, overall a good place to visit, loved it "

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Definitely worth the visit as one of two UNESCO sites in Kiev. The views from the bell tower is not to be missed (and the guard accepts bribes ;)

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