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Bell tower of Saint Sophia's Cathedral, Kiev

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • A must visit, a most beautiful Orthodox Cathedral. Icons, colours, tranquility and serenity. There are other beautiful cathedrals in Kiev but this stood out as stunning.  more »
  • This centrally located cathedral is beautifully matched with lovely bell tower. Ticket to the bell tower is apx. 1.5US$ and is recommended only for anyone who can climb many, many, many stairs. The vi...  more »
  • Unable to view inside but amazingly beautiful to photograph from the square.. Not sure whether it opens periodically  more »
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  • 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!
  • Best place to view the city. 30 UAH per person as of August 2016.
  • Great view from the city.
  • This place is amazing!
  • Very nice looking bell tower which plays interesting music

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