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Bell tower of Saint Sophia's Cathedral, Kiev

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Boasting an array of cupolas and a richly decorated interior, Bell tower of Saint Sophia's Cathedral stands as Kiev's premier and oldest church, as well as a famous symbol of the city. Visit the cathedral, begun in the year 1037 as a tribute to a military victory, and marvel at its 13 Orthodox-style cupolas, the highest of which stands at 29 m (94 ft). Take time to enter the building and admire its complement of intricate frescoes, paintings, and decorations, many dating back to its earliest days and of great importance in Kiev's religious life. You'll find, among others, ornate portraits of founding fathers of the church, angels, and St. Sophia herself within, accented with shimmering gold paint and tiles. Don't miss seeing the tomb of Yaroslavl the Wise, the man who first commissioned the building's construction. Put Bell tower of Saint Sophia's Cathedral and other Kiev attractions into our Kiev tourist route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • It's one of the most beautiful Kiyv buildings. If you didn't see it, you didn't see Kyiv. It's worth to visit at any time of year.  more »
  • This Cathedral is very different feeling with other countries. Out side and inside... Its very peaceful and serene. You cannot take a photo inside, keep it!!! Very old mosaic art and to climb the bell...  more »
  • Amazing cathedral. The history within those wholes is overwhelming. Definitively visit this cathedral. Make sure you have the guide as it will explain the key aspects. Breath taking frescos.  more »
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  • Best place to view the city. 30 UAH per person as of August 2016.
  • Very nice looking bell tower which plays interesting music
  • Обязательно надо подняться сюда!
  • Because St. Sophia Cathedral high enough construction and belongs to a type of Tower one, she has a very interesting architecture, because during the time of its construction still do monolithic designs. St. Sophia Cathedral četyrëh″ârusnaâ. Basis in terms of 20 to 14 meters. Height is 76 m in the direction from West to East through the Tower passes. The first tier consists of crossed walls with a thickness of 1.5-2 m, which converge at right angles. It serves as a support for higher tiers, wall thickness less than is likely to reduce the load on the first. The first tier ceiling serve as cylindrical vaults, three upper tiers are not of interfloor overlappings. They represent the Tower, consisting of four angular pylons, United around the perimeter of the dock area in tiers
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  • On the top of this tower, you got an awesome view. Enjoy it! It's worth a glance.
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