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Saint Sophia Cathedral

Address: 24 Volodymyrska Str, Kiev, Ukraine
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Ranked #1 of 322 Attractions in Kiev
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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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.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 via mobile

The history contained in it is really something and I had to visit twice. Very tranquil and good space for reflection. The museum staff were really helpful when I went and directed me to a staircase going upstairs as well, as I didn't realise there was one there. I also climbed the tower (not for the unfit or those scared... More

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Kiev
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Many may wonder what is at the heart of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. But here in Kiev with its many golden domed cathedrals is where Russia began a thousand years ago. So, understand Russia/Ukraine you need to understand its beginnings here in Kiev. Saint Sophia Cathedral is where it began. It still retains its originality contrary to the... More

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Whittier, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is an interesting location with an active archaeological dig in the back. You can climb the bell tower, which in retrospect I probably wouldn't do again but you can take some good pictures from the top. Inside the church, which is beautiful, you can see the coffin of Yaroslav the Wise.

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Kiev, Ukraine
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is one of the city's best known cathedrals and the first patrimony on territory of Ukraine to be inscribed on the World Heritage List. It is one of 7 wonders of Kyiv

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Greatest memorial of 11 century, must see for everyone visiting Kiev. The pictures on the walls are authentical. Surrealistic feelings when you are inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I just LOVE this place. It is always quiet, so spiritually bright. Lovely place to have a short brake within the city. Always not too many people. An of course the cathedral, which is a historical place of interest. Also wonderful view from the the bell tower.

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Well worth a visit was were all the historical places in Kiev - very quiet capital for my liking too quiet

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I guess you have to go here if you´r in Kiev, and it is, no doubt, a very nice cathedral if you´r in to that kind of thing. Don´t miss to climb the clock tower and get a nice view over Kiev, preferably on a sunny day.

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Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

There are 2 types of ticket. A basic one for about UAH 65 (about GBP3.50) and an "extra" ticket for UAH80. The extra GBP0.7 is well worth it, for the bell tower alone. The grounds are well maintained, and the cathedral itself is amazing - though you cannot take photos inside the cathedral itself. The bell tower is a reasonable... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The area is surrounded by a wall, and once you enter you get into the calmness and peacefulness of the green little park. The entrance fee to the internal area only is cheap, I don't think it is worth buying extra tickets to enter the buildings. What you must spend extra money on is a ticket to the bell tower... More

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