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Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery

21 Lavrska (former Mazepy) Str., Kiev 01015, Ukraine
80 44 280-30-71
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Ranked #3 of 331 attractions in Kiev
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Caverns/ Caves
Owner description: Built by Kiev monks back in 1051, this striking building is the most holy place in the Ukraine. The caves on the property serve as burial grounds for... more » Owner description: Built by Kiev monks back in 1051, this striking building is the most holy place in the Ukraine. The caves on the property serve as burial grounds for monks. « less
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Kiev, Ukraine
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The caves are worth visiting. The exhibitions also. But the indications are really not clear. We went there twice to find the miniature museum. Avoid weekend, because full of people.

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Stowe, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Great for photography. Remember to wear a scarf to cover your head if you're a woman. The caves are very narrow and a bit claustrophobic. No pictures allowed in churches.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is an all day event. Preferably in good weather because you will be walking from building to building. Important that you get to the entrance of the caves by 15:00 to be allowed entry. You have to pass all the museums and churches first. Throw in a lunch at one of the cafes and you may be short on... More

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Bishkek
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35 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great for the inner photographer in you but it really felt like a tourist trap. (BTW - you pay alot extra for the privilege of taking picture...even more for video) First of all, it is one of the more expensive attractions in Kiev but when you get inside, additional charges abound, including the washroom. (Female attendants in male bathroom -... More

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The grounds of the monastery are beautiful, but the main attraction is the caves. We went without a guide and it felt rushed. Because both tourists and worshippers go through the tunnels at the same time, you can't really stop to keenly observe much of anything or take in the ambience. For as long as it lasts, however, the atmosphere... More

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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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Florianopolis, SC
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

That was a really big one. You can spend easily 2 or 3 hours without the perception of time. Another good thing is it's really near to the Dnipro River. Really valid!

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Manchester, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The monastery, with its white and gold-leafed towers, is beautiful on the outside. But you must try to see the underground tunnels, with saints encased in glass resting in what were once sleeping places, slender cutouts in the rock where monks slept. Inside, on ground level, you may purchase a long slightly tapered candle to light your way through the... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If sales in God's place do not annoy you, if you don't mind looking on fat priests in dirty clothes, if you agree to park where it is forbidden, if you like looking on mummies and icons, if you are ok with being asked for money all the time, than you must visit that place, the central office of Moscow... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Until recently I would've recommended anyone to visit this most ancient of holy places in Kyiv and all of Russia. But earlier this month, the locals paid a visit to protest that this shrine is under the Moscow patriarch's control. And Kirill is close to Putin. The Orthodox church has been accused of spreading anti-Ukrainian propaganda, so that this place... More

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