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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 #4 of 383 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

You can easily spend 3 hours (or more) in it as there are so many fantastic cultural attractions in it... Main ones include the catacombs of course but also the different exhibitions all included in the main ticket. Other interesting museums with separate charges also available if you have time. Do not hesitate to go down and outside to view... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Lavra is obviously the n.2 attraction in Kiev after the 3 churches in Sofinska square. But Lavra it's huge and includes some amazing churches and museum (miniature and treasure worth visiting). the monastery requires a rather long detour and you walk in tunnels observing dead monks. Interesting but maybe if you dontn have much time better to spend in other... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I've been there in May atmosphere was amazing, but it was very crowded. The place without a line to come in was Tower, and when you go up there you can have great view of the Kiev hills and beautiful church roofs! Thad is my favorite spot in Lavra.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

really breathtakin to visit the caves, very narrow and deep down in the ground with thombs of most important religious people dating back to XI centure - must see

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery- is worth to spend there several hours. In the Internet one may read a lot of information. But I will recommend to begin with the microminiatures museum of Mykola Syadristy. Imagine a mosquito life size (6,5mm long) made of gold. A little girl is sitting under the umbrella on the nose of the bug! And... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This place is a very unique experience. However be aware their are certain customs and cultural things to be aware of when going through the caves that unless you ave very observant or have an translator you will not be aware of and possibly refused entry. All in all plan to spend a few hrs here.

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

True Illya Muromets mummy and many others st. mummies at the dark ancient caves! Otshelnicks (hermits) cave city and cave monastery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Beautiful place with fine churches and fascinating exhibitions. The church of St Anthony and Theodosius is particularly impressive with its Art Nouveau frescoes and domed interior reminiscent of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. I also appreciated attending a service in the Dormition cathedral. Very beautiful and moving. The caves were not as claustrophobic as I expected but I was there on... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Fantastic architecture (those golden domes) and the eeriness of the caves where one can pay respect to the shrunken dead bodies of monks died long ago in glass coffins.. A must go to..

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Kiev, Ukraine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The caves are worth visiting. The exhibitions also. But the indications are really not clear. We went there twice to find the miniature museum. Avoid weekend, because full of people.

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