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Vydubychi Monastery, Kiev

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Vydubychi Monastery is an historic monastery in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. During the Soviet period ot housed the NANU Institute of Archaeology.HistoryThe monastery was established between 1070 and 1077 by Vsevolod, son of Yaroslav the Wise. It was a family cloister of Vsevolod's son Vladimir Monomakh and his descendants.The monastery, and the neighbourhood in present-day Kiev where it is located, was named after an old Slavic legend about the pagan god Perun and the Grand Prince Vladimir the Great of Kiev. The word "Vydubychi" comes from the word Vydobychi → Vydobych → Vydobech (Видобичі → Видобич → Видобеч) which means "to swim up", "emerge from water".The legend has it that Vladimir ordered the wooden figures of Perun (the Thunder God) and other pagan gods dumped into the Dnieper River during the mass Baptism of Kiev. The disheartened Kievans, though accepting the baptism, ran along the Dnieper River calling for the old gods to emerge from water (Перуне выдуби!). Accordingly, the area down the river stream where Perun emerged was named Vydubichu or Vydubychi in modern Ukrainian.
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  • Beautiful monastery but very hard to find if you go through the Botanical Garden. No indication (of the less readable for us). Must walk through the Botanical Garden and down the river. Several churches. We had the chance to meet a man who showed us around a tiny room, accessible by a very steep staircase, but with magnificent frescoes. Very quiet place, away from the crowd.
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  • A good place to photograph, with beautiful views of Kiev, have the opportunity to visit the caves of monashi age 1000 years ...
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  • Vydubychi monastery built earlier than the famous LAVRA! The Church perfectly preserved and most importantly if the Lavra vanity and very many people in peace and pacification vydubytsky monastery!
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