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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 #5 of 405 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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Kharkiv, Ukraine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Just a few tips before I start my review: some entrances are not staffed and you can get in for free. If you are a student or look about that age then pass saying that you are going to the academy or also you can say that you are heading to the mass. Also after 5:30 the entrance to the... More

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Apart of really religious reasons, I would recommend to come. It's a calm place with a lot of stories behind, and famous people burial places. Beautiful scenery, reach history, worship places, when you amazed to see people coming with their beliefs, tragedies, hopes. Don't be hurry and you will discover :) Go to the underground caves, it is not scary... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A little scary but this place is full of stories and it's very interesting as well, long walks through the catacombs in tiny alley ways with a slight cold breeze is a thriller not to be missed, when one visits Kyiv one simply can not miss the Pechersk Lavra's :D

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

One of the few places were I've been that screams history at every corner. Amazing complex to visit: churches, caves and exhibits are spectacular. I would also recommend the Museum on miniatures - there are only 2 exhibits like this in the whole world. I doubt anywhere else you could see a masterpiece done on a half of a poppy... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The grounds of this big religious compound are very interesting, and the main churches are very pretty, inside and outside. Besides, it's near the Great Patriotic War museum, and both can be visited in half a day.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

See monks lying in state - no faces...some interesting stories, women have to cover their heads and legs if they have shorts on - scarves and aprons provided...part of the tour is with a candle. Doesn't cost much and you can say you've been there

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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I was expecting to see the actual mummies, But they are in their coffins and all you can see are the dried out hands. So there isn't much to see. If you're not properly dressed, you'll have to pay for a small piece of cloth to cover yourself (about the side of a handkerchief) which is ridiculous. The caves and... More

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The monestary is a little ways off from the center if town but very worth the effort to get there. It's obvious that they have been working to preserve this very old monastery. Walking through the catacombs is a very unique experience but make sure you are quiet and respectful. They don't allow photos. Make sure to go into the... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

One of the must-do attractions when visiting Kiev is a to visit the Lavra cave monastery dating from 1051. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and known for its extensive underground caverns containing over a hundred monk burials. Above ground there is a bell tower, the Dormition cathedral, the Gate Church of the Trinity, the All Saints Church and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I went to look at the cave system dug by the first monks 1000 years ago and ended up spending the whole day at the complex. So much to see and do ancient archaeological stuff, medieval art etc ... It just goes on and on if you do one trip in Kiev go here for the day

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