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Saint Sophia Cathedral

24 Volodymyrska Str, Kiev, Ukraine
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Ranked #1 of 328 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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Kiev, Ukraine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Exactly, the place that mirroring the soul of our city. Some people likes its ancient walls, some people likes it as a Christianity's beginning place at Kyiv Rus. Just have a day or half to see the cathedral that's almost 1000 years old, climb the bell tower that's higher then most buildings around, visit a museum at Metropolitan's House. There... More

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Moscow, Russia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
36 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The view from the portico is stunning. The interior is stunning and full of ornate paintings and religious artifacts. The exterior is beautiful to behold. The walk up the stairs is not for the weak, but worth the effort! This is a must-see.

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Bishkek
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84 reviews 84 reviews
35 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful site. When purchasing your ticket you can get full site access, cathedral only, or bell tower only.....the full site access is worth it. When visiting the metropolitan house on the grounds there is a 10UAH additional fee for photography and photography is forbidden in the actual cathedral. The guide books are low priced and worth buying before... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

One of the great landmarks to enjoy! With so many churches and monasteries that Kiev offers, this one should not be missed.

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Houston, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

One thousand years of history, stunning archeology exposed inside, magnificent views from the bell tower, and a church interior to make you marvel...

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

great! good history -- the beauty and magnificent ornate designgreat! good history -- the beauty and magnificent ornate designgreat! good history -- the beauty and magnificent ornate design!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

As this was the cover of my Lonely Planet guide book, it was a must see. It was worth every minute. Great examples of amazing Mosaics inside the building. The grounds around the Cathedral are amazing as well, and give you a glimpse into the Ukrainian past. This museum/cathedral is a must for any visit to Kyiv

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Los Angeles, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Such a huge landmark. Several buildings and grounds comprise this site. Book a guide, it's well worth it.

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Redmond, Washington
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12 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We arrived too late in the day (~5:30 PM if I recall correctly) to get in on one of the tours or go inside the cathedral, but for only 25 hryvnia per person (a little over USD$2), we purchased an admission to the grounds and bell tower. The bell tower is a very interesting attraction. I counted 208 steps to... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A really great tour!!! Well worth the extra cost of climbing the tower and looking over the city. The cathedral was stunning!!!!

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