A pearl in the treasury of the world culture: Kyiv

09 Jul 2019

Kyiv is a pearl in the treasury of the world culture. Its unfading beauty, magnificence and splendour attract people seeking inspiration from all over the world.

  1. St. Sophia’s Cathedral and Complex

St. Sophia’s Cathedral amazes by the perfectness of its architecture.  The magnificence and elegance of its sparkling golden domes, of its Bell Tower are ineffable.

St. Sophia’s Cathedral is a recognized architectural masterpiece. A visit to the Cathedral is a must when you visit Kyiv. You can also climb up the Bell Tower and enjoy a picturesque view of the city from there. The splendour of the Cathedral is inexpressible.

The Cathedral dates back to 11th century and retains many features and characteristics of the epoch. A myriad of exquisite frescoes and mosaics inside the Cathedral beautifully fit into the amazing ensemble.

The Cathedral is surrounded by a number of monastic buildings, made in Baroque.

  1. St. Michael’s Golden Domed Cathedral

St. Michael’s Golden Domed Cathedral together with its complex is another wonder of the Ukrainian capital. You will be stunned with the beauty of this architectural treasure. It is located opposite St. Sophia’s Cathedral. Its golden domes and light blue Baroque style architecture amaze everyone who approaches the complex.

St. Michael’s Golden Domed Monastery was built in 11th century. The present day Cathedral was rebuilt at the end of 20th century.

Its interior takes away the breath of visitors. The décor, stunning frescoes and mosaics are real masterpieces. Beautiful paintings at the entrance of the complex depict Biblical characters.

  1. St. Andrews’s Church

St. Andrew’s Church is another pearl in the treasury of Kyiv. The Church was built in the time of Empress Elizabeth I. It was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli in Baroque style.

The Church overlooks the beautiful Podil district and rises above the hill.

  1. St. Andrew’s Descent

St. Andrew’s Descent is one of the most beautiful parts of Kyiv. It is called the Montmartre of the Ukrainian capital.

  1. Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (Cave Monastery)

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is a world-known historic place and a wonder of medieval Slavic culture.

It is the holy shrine greatly venerated by people.

The Lavra complex includes 40 buildings: libraries, churches, cathedrals.

The monastery was founded in 1051. It was a spiritual and educational centre in Rus of those times. The name of the monastery comes from the Slavonic word pechera (cave). Ancient monks settled in caves there.

The Lavra’s founders were St. Anthony and St. Theodosius, one of his first disciples.

In 1169, the monastery received the status of Lavra.

Restoration of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra started in 18th century. After the reconstruction, the Dormition Cathedral and the Trinity Gate Church acquired Baroque style features. The Cathedral is adorned by numerous icons and paintings, many of them are unique masterpieces.

  1. Maidan Nezalezhnosti and Khreshchatyk Street

Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Indenpendence Square) is located right in the heart of Kyiv. It is connected with the iconic Khreshchatyk Street.

You can see there marvellous fountains, a flower clock, the statue of the founders of Kyiv, and many perfect architectural ensembles. The vibe of Khreshchatyk is inexpressible.

  1. The Golden Gate (Zoloti Vorota)

The Golden Gate aka Zoloti Vorota is one of Kyiv’s most popular sights, which attracts lots of visitors and tourists.

It was built by Prince Yaroslav the Wise in 11th century as a defensive fortress. The Golden Gate was the main entrance to the ancient city’s fortifications. The monument to Yaroslav the Wise stands outside the Gate.

Miracles cannot de described in words. You need to come and see everything with your own eyes. You’ll greatly enjoy the ineffable beauty of these places. Breathe in the aromas of eternity and enrich your soul with the treasures from the inexhaustible treasury of the original ancient and medieval culture.

 

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