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“Amazing Religious Experience”

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery
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Private Guided Tour of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
Ranked #1 of 497 things to do in Kiev
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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Amazing Religious Experience”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

The Perchersk Lava is an amazing religious experience. There are upper and lower caves, each requiring a separate admission, but both over deliver on the holy experience.

There is an unusual network of underground passages (essentially streets), where various Saints are entombed. I have been to Kiev more than 7 times and each occasion requires my visit to the Lavra.

You can also make a donation to one of the local priest for blessings of good health, good luck, safe travel and more.

There is an amazing story which is told by the locals ... I know this to be true as I directly heard it from my in-laws who are native Ukrainians living in Kiev!

Apparently when the NAZI's ran over Ukraine, they took all of the entombed saints and loaded them into lorrys or trucks. They desired to relocate them to some storage facility or worse. When it came time for the caravan transit to start, NONE ... that is NONE ... of the vehicles were able to start their engines, yet alone move!

The NAZI's were force to replace the saints to their original location and to abandon the entire relocation effort!!

This is a must see attraction.

Visited August 2013
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Too hot to handle”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

The caves are amazing experience, but be prepared to a very humid and hot air with no circulation....

Visited September 2012
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Gatineau, Canada
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

The Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is a Unesco protected complex of buildings, churchs and caves. The walk inside the caves was touching. We visited on a busy sunday. Although the place was crowded, it was really quiet. A must see in Kiev!

Visited June 2013
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“Massive site”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

This is a massive site and you could spend all day exploring it, the caves are fascinating, wear a strong pair of Shoes as there is a lot of walking to do. Inside the churches are very ornate and beautiful.

Visited July 2013
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“Very fascinating, unique experience”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Kiev is a beautiful city with such a rich history. To see the caves monastery was so fascinating. Of the various countries my husband and I have visited, this attraction provided one of the most unique experiences. It is such a sacred place esp for Christians. All the churches were just so beautiful with golden domes. We enjoyed ourselves very much!

Visited October 2012
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