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Saint Sophia Cathedral

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Address: 24 Volodymyrska Str, Kiev, Ukraine
Phone Number: +380442786262
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The cathedral was built over nine centuries and is a great example of...

The cathedral was built over nine centuries and is a great example of Byzantine and Ukrainian Baroque architecture. The interior contains mosaics and frescoes dating back to the 11th century.

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The grounds are very special. I found the cathedral inside a bit neglected. In contrast to the other amazing churches in the city, this had no spirit... no sense of a continuance... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Kiev, Ukraine
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Kiev, Ukraine
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The grounds are very special. I found the cathedral inside a bit neglected. In contrast to the other amazing churches in the city, this had no spirit... no sense of a continuance of worship. Beautiful- yes. Significant- yes. In other places I went in to see people at prayer, be enchanted by the music and incense, the interplay of past... More 

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Gotzis, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You need to pay at the entrance but it worth it! Very beautiful area with several things to see. Inside the cathedral you can see parts of the old building.

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TEL AVIV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An extraordinary experience, leave 3-4 hours to thoroughly visit this attraction, including climbing the bell tower with spectacular view of the surroundings

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a great architecture lover so zi could only be pleased by the visit of a famous masterpiece like this cathedral.

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Thank Jonathanseap
Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was so large and as you entered, you could feel the history in the building. There was a service at the time we visited and I had a native Ukrainiean lady with me, so she was able to guide me as what to do and I experienced this church service like few get to. It was truly inspirational!

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Thank bkfitzner
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely site to visit, with so many different experiences... sombre yet stunning ornate religious interiors, architectural wonders, gold, gardens, housing, and more. Must see!

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Thank LilyBelle_and_Beau
Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The inside of the cathedral is very nice. Lots to see. No photos allowed or video but nice souvenir shop. Cost is 40 Ukrainian for self guided tour.

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Thank Steve W
Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's gorgeous inside. For 80UAH you can go onto the territory and inside the church (for 120UAH you can go into every building on the territory). They have preserved some of the original areas from the 11th century and from the 18th century (the restoration). It's amazing.

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Thank Emmchar16
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to start your sightseeing in Kiev. But this place is so much more. Once inside the grounds, it is very relaxing. Different prices to enter depending on if you just wish to enter the grounds, go the bell tower or go inside the museum/cathedral. An amazing place. On our 2nd visit, before entering there were 2 local... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not at all religious But upon entering a feeling washes over you I go everytime I'm in kiev Always come out different and relaxed Go from here to o brians Irish bar round the corner best fillet steak in kiev

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