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St. Nicolas Cathedral, Kyiv (Kiev)

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The St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Cathedral (Костел Св. Миколая; translit.: Kostel Sviatoho Mykolaia) is the second Roman Catholic cathedral built in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Today the building is no longer a cathedral and is shared between the Roman Catholic Church of Ukraine and the National House of Organ and Chamber Music. Another Catholic church, the St. Alexander Roman Catholic Cathedral, is the oldest Catholic church in the city and is located near the European Square behind the Ukrainian House in Kiev.It was constructed from 1899–1909 and was built in a Gothic type construction, by Kiev architects V. Gorodetsky and E. Sala. Historically, it belonged to the Latin Rite Catholic community. It stands at vulytsia Velyka Vasylkivska (Greater Vasylkiv street) in Pechersk Raion next to the National Linguistic University of Kyiv between the National Sports Complex Olimpiysky and the Railroad station Kyiv-Tovarny.HistoryA competition was held in 1898 for the designs for a Roman Catholic Cathedral in Kiev, which was won by architect S. Volovskiy. His entry into the competition included a Gothic type construction with two 60m towers. The final revision and management of the project was assigned to the Kievan architect Vladislav Gorodetsky, and Emilio Sala added sculptural decoration in artificial stone to the construction. To increase the stability of the construction on the uneven Kiev ground, it was ensured by bore-and-stuffed piles, a newly introduced invention of Anton Strauss. The construction work was carried out by exclusively from voluntary donations, and lasted for ten years (1899–1909).
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  • It is an horrible but well designed church that is need to be seen for people who doesnt live in Christian country. It was the first time that I have seen such dark and horrbile church but It took my....  more »
  • Yes... it operates as the catholic church for a short time. Officially it is still National Ukrainian Organ and Cameral Music Center. Every Sunday morning there is a catholic mass being celebrated...  more »
  • The Roman Catholic Church Of St Nicholas ( Kostel Sviatoho Mykotaia ) that after the magnificent St Alexander Roman Catholic Cathedral is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Kiev. Constructed between....  more »
  • A Catholic Church is a rare sight in Kiev. This one has long been my favourite - not that much for its spiritual life or architecture, though. It is home to classical concerts featuring the grand organ of the church - another rare sight in the city. Worthwhile checking out.
  • Nice old Roman Catholic Church. Beautiful both outside and inside. There is an Organ. The Organ music ls very fascinating and listen to her for pleasure. This is music for the soul. I advise you to visit
  • Nice Catholic Church. It was closed when I got there but the outside looks gorgeous.
  • Unbelievable architecture. This church is one of the most greatest architectural monuments of Ukrainian culture. Unfortunately, local government refuse to reconstruct this masterpiece.
  • Very beautiful building. Majestic architecture. Very impressive. Causes respect to the masters and engineers who built this temple. Inside is very spacious. This place will appeal to representatives of all religions and atheists. Here you can make beautiful photos if you cross the street to the Holliday Inn hotel!

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