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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 #2 of 334 Attractions in Kiev
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Built by Kiev monks back in 1051, this striking building is the most holy place in the Ukraine...
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the lovely café while waiting for our English speaking tour guide (she was a delight!). The pastries and breads are made onsite and are relatively cheap. The tour began with our guide describing all the features and pointing out landmarks on the skyline so we could orient ourselves. We then walked over to the Lavra entrance and into... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The monastery is beautiful and the caves are very interesting. They even have an English tour depending on the number of English speakers requesting it. If you really want it they will provide a private guide for a high price. They only downside to cave tour is the passages are very narrow.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

It is the place started Kiev. Caves are so interesting! The relics of Orthodox saints were just incredible!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

... a must see when you are in Kiev. A wonderfull monastry with unique catacombes and a phantastic architecture. All just next to other Points of interest of Kiev such as War Memorial and Museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is a large complex with many different things to see and do. We walked around the exterior to get a look at some of the buildings and tasted some nice honey that was being sold in a small market inside.

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Strange, scary, amazing, unforgettable, frightful, sacred, repulsive..... but absolutely incredible feeling of blessing after returning to the surface. Yes, this is must see!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is a must see experience for anyone visiting Kiev; even for people who aren't into the whole cultural experience sort of thing. The moody / gothic atmosphere will touch a nerve in even the most hardened soul: Orthodox monks walking around with their long black robes, the eerie Orthodox chants emanating from the various loud speakers, and the underground... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

For sure worth seeing - especially inside. It is older place than Moscow's Kremlin. The problem is that it is open short time for visitors, so check opening times before visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Any visit to Kyiv must include a tour of Lavra. Kyiv has so much history and I love this city. Mail me if you need any help with tours here. Brooksintl@gmail.com

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I have been here a few times. Lots of history here. Original construction was started around 1051 by the monks! Take the time to visit the various building which comprise the monastery and also the caves and catacombs which still naturally preserve many of the monks!

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