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Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery

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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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Interesting, a little out of comfort zone

It's very dark inside so I think it's best to get a candle. There's nowhere really stand and acclimatise to the rather disorienting environment. The caves are down the hill near... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

It's very dark inside so I think it's best to get a candle. There's nowhere really stand and acclimatise to the rather disorienting environment. The caves are down the hill near the bottom of the complex, not far from the river. I think you don't actually need to enter and pay for the historical complex to go to them.

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Kiev, Ukraine
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Quite the experience descending into the thousand-year-old caves, feeling the energy of the centuries..

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

One of the places you have to visit when you go to Kiev. Itd a little spooky from. Westerners persoective to see mumified remdins.... Bit Its worth the trip

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Not visiting this impressive monastery complex is like going to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Man!, About half way in there was a bottle neck and persons started going "backwards" on the tour. The problem is that there is not a space for two persons in the tunnels. I gave it a five star even though I freaked out at the bottom. Go on an "off" day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Founded around 1050 it consists of beautiful domed churches, administrative buildings and caves with holy relics and the bodies of dead monks. The caves are a little claustrophobic and your level of comfort will depend on the number of pilgrims stopping to prayer to a relic or to kiss a coffin. You can climb the great Bell Tower to see... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I got inside without a fee because i came from the back. I saw they are redoing the brick roads and filling in the holes... which is good because it is VERY hard to walk on those. I only got to see the outside since i arrived late around 4:30pm. Very interesting architecture but only if you can read and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is a huge area to cover so wear your walking shoes. The caves are absolutely worth a visit. There were more religious pilgrims there than tourists. The memorial to the famine which is right outside is worth seeing as well. There's not much to see but with the eerie music it really is quite moving. Be careful of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

impressive place in Kiev. the whold monastery is mystic and the cave just outstanding the way they manage to keep the bodies is unbelievable. I really love to go there because you can relax and think wisely

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Do you like architecture? Well, then this place is a must for you. You can see what they were able to build long time ago, without all the technology and machines. Buildings and specially the rooftops are amazing. If you find locals or guides, they will tell you stories about the place and how it all was built.

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Address: Address: 21 Lavrska (former Mazepy) Str., Kiev 01015, Ukraine
Phone Number: 80 44 280-30-71
Location: Europe  >  Ukraine  >  Kiev

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