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. Plan to visit Bell tower of Saint Sophia's Cathedral and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kiev attractions using our Kiev online holiday planner .
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  • August 18, 2017
    This was the very impressive cathedral. It is close the bohdan monument and lyskygate. You should see and enter.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    This is a must see if you are visiting Kiev, extremely beautiful and historic at the heart of one of Europe's oldest cities.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Not to be missed; couples, mosaics and frescoes make up the decoration of the Cathedral. Entry fee but very cheap. Visit the museums, installed in the buildings around the Cathedral, is not essential
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  • July 7, 2017
    Here at the top you can get a great view of the city as well as strong wind :)
  • March 25, 2017
    360° sight. There is fascinating view: 1. Of the Dnipro and the left bank. 2. Of the Old City 3. Of the City center. So on. Definitely worth 30 UAH (15 for students) to see!
  • July 7, 2017
    What a magnificent view!
  • August 13, 2016
    Best place to view the city. 30 UAH per person as of August 2016.
  • November 29, 2016
    Great view from the city.

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