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Address: 21 Lavrska (former Mazepy) Str., Kiev 01015, Ukraine
Phone Number: 80 44 280-30-71
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Description: Built by Kiev monks back in 1051, this striking building is the most holy...
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.
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I found it difficult to find the caves, it was sign posted up to a point then they stopped, and eventually happened across the entrance by accident! But once inside you won't be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I found it difficult to find the caves, it was sign posted up to a point then they stopped, and eventually happened across the entrance by accident! But once inside you won't be disappointed. Wandering through narrow corridors (buy a candle you'll need the light) amongst worshipers of 11/12th century monks is not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

A really nice place to walk around and lots to see there. Cash desk close at 1700 if You want tickets to the museums around in the monastry. After 1700 the churches will be filled up with people so do the churches a bit early.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

I went there on Easter Sunday in sunshine. The area is situated on the bank of Dnepr and houses Monastery and churches. A row of Photo tables shows the areas history in the past 100 yeas. Info is available in English. Do yourself a favor and Google the history before going there, I am impacted by, how much Cultural History... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The most sacral place in ancient Kievan Rus. Located in the downtown - easy to rich even from metro station - Arsenalna. I was here many times. Usually tourists visits the several golden roof monasteries. I like the Far Caves - the place from where starts the whole Lavra.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I lived and worked in Kiev for 4 years 2001-2005 and this monastery was the first place I always took visitors from overseas. It is steeped in history and the cave tour is both fascinating and impressive. Maintained by an army of babooshkas it has remained unchanged over the years since I moved away (sporadic visits back to Kiev to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Great place! Beautiful and interesting. Visited the church on our own, but got a guide to the caves. Tamara was good at English and knew her history. As a woman you should remember a scarf to cover your hair (if not there are some to borrow).

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

But it belongs to Moscow patriarchate of orthodox church. Main church is more interesting from outside then from inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

It was a cold day, but we had a very interesting visit. First we went 146 steps up the Bell tover, then to the museum of miniatures, after that we went to the church for a preyer. We had lanch in a cafe that serves tasty food cooked at the monastery and after went to the caves with commentary, which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015 via mobile

Cathedrals don't do a lot for me but it's hard to beat the underground tunnels loaded with the mummies of various religious figures from centuries ago. Pretty surreal experience to see the bodies in their glass caskets using only candle light, and in some cases their bones which are buried in the walls throughout. Never saw that in Canada.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Beautifully appointed altars and religious art especially in the vast cave network under the monastery. Truly fascinating.

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