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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 241 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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Hatherleigh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Huge world heritage sight looking over the river in Kiev. We went because we had been told about the caves with the mummified monks inside, great for interested teens. Two points,get an English speaking guide and all females have to cover their heads and wear skirts, these are available as you go in the caves; they are not needed anywhere... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Peaceful stroll. Rather large and by now well restaurated. Some wonderful views on the Dniepre river. Unesco protected site and as far as i understand one of the top 3 orthodox places to visit in the former Sowjet Union. No doubt, the best place in Kiev to visit. There is also a miniature museum worth visiting with absolutely amazing works... More

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Kiev
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a must see and a hidden treasure little know outside Ukraine. It is the VATICAN of the Orthodox Church.....a spiritual monetary, administrative space full of history but also a testimony of the suffering of the Ukrainian people over the centuries. It was conquered, defended, bombed and destroyed in WWII and today still shines over lovely Kiev in all... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Even if you are not fond of Christianity, come to visit this historical complex which is more than 1000 years old. Better to spend at least 4-6 hours there- there is pretty park with wonderful views, and caves with mummies. Best time is spring and autumn

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

The place is interesting, especially caves. A lot of stories and legengs about introduction of Christianity, architecture of the churches, life of monks

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Varna, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

It is very rear to see in our days such a true faith in Christianity! The caves are to be seen only by prayers! I feel very humble after visiting them.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I wasn't even sure if I was allowed to be in there but that's the fun of it. I just followed the Orthodox worshippers going to pray at their saints and it was simply an amazing place to be.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This is an absolute must-see when you are in Ukraine! Each of the many buildings are worth exploring as the artwork is just amazing. Then, there are the domes. Many, many golden domes! You are inspired every moment you are on this site. Thank you, God, for bringing me to this site.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

The sensation I got when I descended to the caves was simply indescribable. There are so many historical people who are buried there that I'm not even going to begin naming them. You have to know the history of Kievan-Rus before going there, though, otherwise you'll miss the point. Ilya Murumets and Nestor the Chronicler rest there, as do priests,... More

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Manama, Bahrain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Had a chance to in in Kiev during the days of anti-governmental riots. of course I called the museums before visiting, if it works, but after arrival found everything closed. But anyway, I was the only tourist there, fresh snow everywhere, really romantic. but no news when the museums will be reopen or whom to contact. No messages on their... More

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