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Saint Sophia Cathedral

24 Volodymyrska Str, Kiev, Ukraine
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Ranked #3 of 246 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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Hatherleigh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Great to look around and get the feel of religion in the Ukraine, especially because outside there are barricades due to the tension, two things colliding!

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Varna, Bulgaria
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

A view from the Tower - 72m. high is breathtaking. Mosaics and paintings in the church are very special. It is good to take na excursion - costs 53 Grivni.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

If there is something you should do here is hang around the garden and speak to the people working there. With the old ladies taking care of the flowers while chatting about the life, universe and everything, this Cathedral gave me truly unique experience. I will never forget the orange physalis flowers all over the place and the old lady... More

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Northport, New York, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

While St. Michael's interior may be more impressive, my favorite church in Kyiv is St. Sophia's. I particularly liked the white filigree on the bell tower and the design of the cathedral. When I visited, the main apse of the cathedral was undergoing renovation, so it was difficult to see the entire space. I did have minor problems actually getting... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

First of all, if you are a student, bring your ID, because the entrance fee is a lot cheaper. This is not a church nowadays as much as a museum, and what a wonderful one! I did not expect to see such beauty when i first went there. There are floor mosaic from the 12th century, icons and other religious... More

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Borden, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This is a breath taking structure, beautiful green and gold shining in the sunlight. I visited here a number of years ago, in September 2001 a few days before 9 - 11.

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Piraeus, Greece
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

It is a big church, totally different of the Western conception of "catherdral". Built in a specific Eastern style, the Saint Sophia is probably the main attraction of Kiev. It is a must see if you are visiting this city.

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Santa Rosa, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

The view from the top of the Bell Tower was outstanding. A donation was required to enter. Once you paid to go in, you had to pay again to enter the museum. The cathedral is fantastic to view.

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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155 reviews 155 reviews
34 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I visited here last February and architectures were covered with snow, which was very beautiful. Also, the pictures in the church were also impressive. Worth of visiting.

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Surrey
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This is a lovely cathedral. Definitely worth a visit, just a short walk from St Michael's Cathedral.

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