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St. Cyril's Church, Kiev

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St. Cyril's Monastery (Кирилівський монастир, translit. Kyrylivs’kyi monastyr) is a medieval monastery in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The monastery contains the famous St. Cyril's Church, an important specimen of Kievan Rus' architecture of the 12th century, and combining elements of the 17th and 19th centuries. However, being largely Ukrainian Baroque on the outside, the church retains its original Kievan Rus' interior.HistorySt. Cyril's Monastery was founded in 1140 by Vsevolod Olgovich, the Kniaz' (prince) of Chernigov, in the Dorohozhychi neighbourhood of Kiev and named after his heavenly protector, Cyril of Alexandria. In the second half of the 12th century, Princess Maria, Vsevolod's widow, built the stone church of St. Cyril, which served as an ancestral burial place of the Olgovichi family.The monastery suffered a harsh fire in 1734, which was later reconstructed by the Ukrainian architect Ivan Hryhorovych-Barskyi during 1750–1760. His reconstruction works also included the addition of masonry walls enclosing the monastery's courtyard, a picturesque corner tower and gate, and other monastic buildings.In 1787, St. Cyril's Monastery was closed by the Tsarist Government and its living quarters were converted into a hospital (St. Cyril's Hospital) and was later transformed into an insane asylum, which lasted until the mid-late 20th century in Soviet Ukraine.
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  • It's a bit far from central Kiev, but can be reached through a walk through Babi Yar. Babi Yar is a beautiful park with a dark history. It's about a 30min walk through the park from metro to St Cyril'...  more »
  • Amazingly beautiful frescoes. We visited quite a few churches, monasteries and cathedrals. I myself do not tire of the immense effort invested in religious art. This one is fabulous.  more »
  • My visit to St Cyril Monastery lived up to all the things I had read about it. The frescos were lovely. I took a tour but it was in Russian so my friend had to translate. On Saturday afternoon, there ...  more »
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  • Another hidden pearl there! Besides its age and Vrubel's freskas inside, it has ancient people's caves under itself. Nice and quiet place overall
  • One of the oldest churches in Kiev with its amazing atmosphere and paintings made by Vrubel.
  • Very impressing interior. Vrubel's frescoes.
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  • Fascinating historic place, built in 1161 or 1174 g nobody knows the exact date. Most of the frescoes preserved in the original! Energy places very strong.
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