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Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery
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Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery
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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.
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

It is a very popular place with both Ukrainians and tourists. Despite the hustle, there is calm serenity at the Monastery. The caves are interesting. But do take note, it is kind of narrow and people who are claustrophobic are advice to avoid. And do take note where is the entrance to the cave. I made a mistake walking from the exit and had to make a long way round to the entrance.

The architecture is amazing. If you walk around, you can still part of the monastery that is build like a fortress. It is a pity that some part of the monastery forbids photography. Some of the places inside a breathtaking.

Thank SenYan
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Located in the city centre and close to the Park of Eternal Glory, this Monastery is one to visit for visitors to the city. The Cathedral and the Bell Tower are simply one of the most astounding pieces of architecture in Eastern Europe and an entrance fee into the complex costs UAH 3.00. Founded in 1051 as a Cave Monastery, it has been the main sight of pilgrimage for Eastern European Orthodox Christians. Moreover, the Lavra was named as a UNESCO Heritage Site in March of 1996 along with St Sophia's Cathedral. The Lavra also holds a very unique attraction: the catacombs/caves. To go down there, you need to purchase a candle (UAH 1.00). This is a very interesting place since prominent Saints and Orthodox Church leaders are buried here. It gets quite claustrophobic so if you have a phobia of confined spaces, it is best not to go down there. Plus, photography is strictly prohibited in the caves. The Lavra is home to the Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate.

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We went in for the caves experience, did not even go on the grounds of churches. If you are looking for the caves, go past all the Ticket booths, down the road, you will see signs (in english) entrance to caves or lower caves. You will most likely need a guide, Russian guide is 50 hrv and English speaking one is 350. They mostly just tell you about the holy monks that are in the monastary and it has a very eerie feeling to it. Just make sure you're ready to go under ground for about 30 minutes, as once you go in, there is no turning back due to the narrow passages. Women must have their head covered once inside.

Tours are 50 minutes long. And I believe you need a guide to go into the lower caves, where as the upper ones you can go in for free and see pretty much the same thing.

1  Thank Yumxmiie
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

It was a snowy day in March when I walked around, so maybe not the best day for this. I think the entrance should include a guide, but I didn't see one and just walked around alone. Not much in English and with no other input, not really sure what I was seeing. Followed the signs to the caves until I realized that I was outside the walls and needed to show my ticket to get back in. Still don't know where the cave were or what that was about. I guess my advice is to read up on this before going. The buildings are beautiful, especially the tall one in the middle that has blue molding (?).

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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.

1  Thank OverseasIowan
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