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“Astonishing”

Saint Sophia Cathedral
Ranked #6 of 480 things to do in Kiev
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

It is a whole complex incl a visit to the belfry (worth it just for the views) refectory and the chur h complex itself. The rest of original parts from the xi century and frescoes and mosaics are of exquisite quality a must in kiev

Thank fabiofort
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The best part of this church for me were the frescoes throughout. The climb to the top of the tower is also worthwhile. Great views!

Thank Ronald H
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Sofia - an outstanding architectural monument of Kiev Rus and a huge museum.
The cathedral is one of the city's best known landmarks and the first patrimony on territory of Ukraine to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Thank zuhanna
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

A beautiful building and a beautiful space around it with trees and benches. The site includes museums and lots of interest. Worth spending a half a day here.

Thank Kingmaker
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

A must see when in Kiev.

The cathedral proper was built in 1037. St Sophia is a museum, a church and a templet all rolled into one. Well preserved mosaics dating 1,000 years ago, sarcophaguses of Kievan princes and well preserved frescoes from Byzantine times, that is what you will see at St. Sophia.

The bell tower offers views of the city not found anywhere else and the grounds are sprinkled with multiple exhibits.

Thank IntSommelier
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