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Bell tower of Saint Sophia's Cathedral, Kiev

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • - construction of this cathedral is believed to be finalized by 1036-37 AD, but there are still discussions when precisely it was started. There are some sources that date the foundation before 1019 a...  read more »
  • I visited this place a couple of times and I like it. It is in the very city center and it gives you the idea of a sacral place where to be near to God. Architecture is caratteristic and beautiful. A ...  read more »
  • my friend and myself spent 3 hours on the site of this ancient church and out buildings. the grounds have artwork and are a pleasure to walk around. so too is each and every building on site. 
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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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  • 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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  • cool view from the top. cool place
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  • Interesting old place. From the Bell Tower overlooks independence square. Climb to the top in about 15 minutes. In autumn and winter it is very cold at the top.
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