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“Wonderful, hard to get around if you speak English” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery
21 Lavrska (former Mazepy) Str., Kiev 01015, Ukraine
80 44 280-30-71
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Ranked #3 of 323 Attractions in Kiev
4.5 of 5 stars 941 Reviews
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Vicenza, Italy
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“Wonderful, hard to get around if you speak English”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We really enjoyed this, but ALL of the signs were in Russian. This made is very hard to find out way around. Even after asking the monks that worked there they had no idea what we were talking about. It was lovely once we figured it out.

Visited February 2013
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“Interesting place to spend a few hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Iconic Ukrainian architecture and spectacular views. I quite enjoyed the few hours i spent here. You can also get a good view of the Mother Motherland Statue from here. The places looks brilliant around sunset so plan your visit accordingly.

Visited March 2013
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“The Caves”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This is a monastery and underground caves like no other. Be prepared to spend a day here there is loads to see and it is a fascinating piece of history. Very religious so please give it your full respect.

Visited February 2013
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“Just impresive ...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

A really big monastery, in fact a kind of complex of Orthodox churches and museums ... Not to be missed in Kiev. Specially do not miss the visit to the caves where monks are preserved in coffins. You enter just with small candles and the experience is unique ... (caves are open from 9 to 16h but you have to be there before 14h).

Visited February 2013
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“Not to be missed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Get here early in the morning before the crowd. There are several churches to visit and then at the end you will have the opportunity to visit the caves. The only light you will have is a small candle.

Visited April 2012
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