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Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery

Address: 21 Lavrska (former Mazepy) Str., Kiev 01015, Ukraine
Phone Number: 80 44 280-30-71
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Ranked #3 of 322 Attractions in Kiev
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Cultural
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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.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Went there last July , and had a English speaking tour guide , but so much to learn in a 2 hour tour you may need to do return visit , very religious and historical place , and complete tour at walking pace at your leisure and the guides too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

Although a cold autumn day the sights of these religious buildings certainly warmed my heart. Would recommend a guide to obtain the fullest information.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I am 6'2" and I had a hard time walking around the caves but it was a good experience. You should purchase a candle before you enter the caves because it is very dark inside. There are many places to but food or souvenirs. The location has a ton to see, make sure to have plenty of time to take... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Don't forget to buy a candle at the entrance. It is worth the visit, but don't forget there are local people praying to there Saints/Popes, who lay in niches mummified in orthodox clothing from the past.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The "Lavra" is the greatest religious monastry of Kiev and Ukraine. Your there are surrounded by deep faith, magnificient architechture. To fully enjoy this place, get more detailed information about masses or religious celebrations. They are incredibly beautiful (mass is sung) and emotional. Rather come in the morning. Also there might be excursions as a lot there must be explained.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

As for me it is marvellous place, especially during the late evening. Very,very cool to walk there and see around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Been here many times, first as a tourist and then to show arround to my friends and CS'ers. This is for sure one of the hot spots you can not skip when visiting Ukraine!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A very interesting place the glass coffins with dead monks can be a bit spooky worth a visit if you are in Kiev

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We lived in kyiv for 3 years and took every single visitor here. The buildings are stunning and look fab on photographs, you can spend an afternoon wandering in and out of the different buildings alongside the monks. It is a very special place and the religious side needs to be respected by covering your head, if you are female,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Nice monastery and cathedrals, its forbidden to take photos so bring you´r hidden cameras. Personally I really liked the price list for prayers, only 1000 UAH for 10 prayers for your soul! Pay up and skip hell!

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