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Address: 24 Volodymyrska Str, Kiev, Ukraine
Phone Number: +380442786262
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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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Definitely a site not to be missed in Kyiv. Located near Golden Gate (Zoloti Vorota), the domes are stunning as are the grounds!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Definitely a site not to be missed in Kyiv. Located near Golden Gate (Zoloti Vorota), the domes are stunning as are the grounds!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This cathedral was built by Yaroslav the wise, the son of Vladimir who made Christianity the state religion. It is a familiar Byzantine style but with unique Kievian improvisations. The interior has gorgeous frescos and mosaics dating back to the 12th century. Most impressive is the Virgin Orante in the main apse; she is considered the protectress of Kiev with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Visited many times already since Aug 2012; this cathedral locates close to Rodina Mat's statue. Exterior looks fine, dark green and gold. If you have an ISIC card, then you can enter half price) Not as big as St. Michael's but all good) Climb up the hills up and down for some exercise. Visited in Aug 2012, Oct 2013, and... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed my time at the Cathedral - easter celebrations were happening when we visited and there were many decorative eggs on display, as well as a choir singing. The cathedral itself is beautiful and I would suggest going up the tower for a great view of Kiev.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Easy to visit and well worth your time. The gift shop feels like a time travel trip back to the Soviet Union of the 70's ;)

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed visiting Saint Sophia. Some of the Soviet restoration was unfortunate, but it did not ruin the experience. One could get the sense for how important the orthodox catholic church was historically to that part of the world. The only buildings in Kiev that were spared during WW II were the cathedrals, so these are some of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Based on St Sofia's in Istanbul this s a wonderful place to visit. Lots of old frescos and well laid out. Supposedly one of the longest mosaics around but it didn't feel like it. Lovely grounds and pennies to get in.

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Boryspil, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The more I learn about medieval times when the cathedral was built, the more miraculous it looks to me. The cathedral and convent remind of many Ukrainian personae concealed in the Soviet-style historiography; the architecture reflects important styles that dominated IX-XVII centuries in Rus-Ukraine.

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Among the monuments that were preserved on the territory of Eastern Europe, the world-famous St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev is the most ancient. It was built as the main Church of Kievan Rus. I recommend coming here once you decide to visit Kiev.

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

very beautiful but also ancient church in the center of Kiev. must see for anyone coming to town, guided tour gives a lot of insights in the history of place and the country at that time

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