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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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  • Saint Sophia Cathedral by far the best monument sacred Byzantine Christian culture. It is fundamentally different from Christian churches in Russia. On it can imagine what was the Christian Byzantium until its conquest by the Turks. The only pity is that wily Yaroslav whisked his building from his father. The Virgin Orans-best mosaic with thousand years of history. I advise you to take the time to just stand in front of our Patroness. This mosaic echoes the glowing golden smalt Cathedral of St. mark in Venice (although she is several centuries younger and cleaner). For those interested in the history of Kiev is the number one place. Visit there.
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  • Very beautiful and different from other monuments in Europe, but in winter is frozen. The museums inside are a bit boring. 
  • Hagia Sophia is the "duomo" in Kiev. Located atop one of the hills citizens, has the classic architecture of the Orthodox churches with whitewashed walls and onion spires. We went to the Sunday morning and the place was full of tourists despite the cold. At the other end of the Avenue you see instead the Church (similar) of San Michele.
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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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