The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra, Kyiv (Kiev)

Must see · World heritage site · Historic Site · Church
One of the region's most important epicenters for Eastern Orthodoxy and a World Heritage Site, The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra offers an array of historical fortifications, churches, tombs, and ornate buildings. Wander the grounds of this extensive religious complex, which was originally founded in 1051 as a humble network of underground tunnels and living quarters. The cave system features hallways, relics, chapels, and homes. An on-site museum here houses an extensive collection of religious artifacts and artwork. Join a guided tour to see the catacombs and the tombs of Orthodox saints. Climb to the top of the 97 m (316 ft) bell tower for a panoramic view over Kiev. Plan your visit to The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kyiv (Kiev) trip builder site.
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  • Beautiful cathedral, big area and you can walk around this place for hours . You would get a lot of photos from this place as you could see the whole city on top of the cathedral. Amazing …  more »
  • although restored as it was mostly destroyed during the world war II. Try and catch the Friday mass ceremony. Beautiful  more »
  • The Kiev Lavra should not be missed by any visitor, a combination of sacred and beautiful architecture.  more »
  • It seems to be a complex of church and holy place- i just describe my experience. there was many priest i think it is kind of university for them as well. again i just describe my conclusion. The whole are is so big there was a amazing wooden bridge with nice view - the place had such a relaxing environment - there was a entry fee (very little) to the main churches, it was a underground type with no light. you could buy some candle as a donation and use it to light the inside church cus it was dark. It was near a museum and motherland statue. so you can visit both at once.
  • This is one of the best examples of Orthodox church architecture. A must to visit. Come better not on big Orthodox holidays. A little past in the center of Kiev. To get to know Kiev just right - took all friends and relatives
  • Looks fantastic. Unfortunately it was closed and we couldn't go inside to see there. It's an ancient religious place. If you were successful to get inside, keep in mind that there are also some parts under the ground that you can see and enjoy. Earlier it had discount for students to visit this place but due to an unwritten law ir maybe racism, no discount for students studying in English! Only Ukrainian groups can have it! I don't know why :-)
  • The bell tower is great. Climb it! The cathedral is beautiful. The caves are a sanitary disaster.
  • Incredible architecture. You can go up the tower and experience an amazing view. Love this place!!!

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