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Address: 24 Volodymyrska Str, Kiev, Ukraine
Phone Number: +380 44 278 6262
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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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One of the first stone cathedrals in Eastern Europe

The cathedral consists of several buildings. The bell tower allows to see Kyiv city center from above, while the cathedral itself hosts ancient frescoes of Kyivyte counts. Oranta... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Kiev, Ukraine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The cathedral consists of several buildings. The bell tower allows to see Kyiv city center from above, while the cathedral itself hosts ancient frescoes of Kyivyte counts. Oranta (mosaics icon on the dome) is breathtaking. Absolutely worth visiting, better take a guided tour.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing prepares you for the majesty of Saint Sophia Cathedral. If this was all you did in Kiev, apart from buying delicious chocolates - your visit would be worthwhile. The Cathedral internally is not huge by European standards but is breathtaking in its beauty and its aura.

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Karnei Shomron, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The most important historical site in the city. We visited with a local guide and enjoyed two hours of extremely interesting stories on history, princes, architecture, and life.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was established in 1037, in the Kievan Rus. The cathedral is one of the city's best known landmarks and the first heritage site in Ukraine. The words are very hard to describe it so what I suggest is, go and visit it.

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to Saint Sophia Cathedral many times and it still takes my breath away. Has to be seen to be believed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can feel the power of this religion place A magnetic place full of emotions Must to see absolutely

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

This 11th century marvel is a must see on any visit to Kyiv. The fact that it survived WWII and the Soviets is most impressive. It is no longer a working cathedral but rather a museum. It may be a cathedral again some day once control of it is settled between the Russian and Ukrainian churches. No photos or videos... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

The precinct is lovely with many interesting buildings, a sculpture park, and many pretty views. Inside the cathedral is a house of treasures, with historic pavements and sarcophagi mixed with contemporary art and memorials. Exquisite.

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Gdansk, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Valuable place with plenty of highest standard holly paintings. Also a good place to see panorama of Kiev if you are ready to climb the tower.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Since it was so late it was only a trip on the outside of the buildings. Fantastic architecture and at some places the plaster had be removed to show the original structure. All churches in Kiev are lovely, but there are some of them that are icons - and St.Sofia is one of them.

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