The shining domes of Kyiv (Kiev) – cathedrals and churches

My mom isĀ  on holiday in Kiev with my little nephew at the moment, and yesterday they sent me a huge photo report of their walks around the Ukrainian capital. I’m still looking through all the pictures – the smiling faces of my dearest people are so heart-warming. I’m happy to see the city too – these places used to be at the top of the list of my favorite destinations. In Kiev I felt at home, the city was always ready to kindly embrace me and offer the most valuable experiences.

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear about Kiev is its cathedrals and churches, and though I’m not a religious person as such, I do value them for so many reason – history, architectural style, elegance and beauty. So I thought I’d share a few photos of the cathedrals of Kiev – all of them are located close to each other, and if you ever visit the Ukrainian capital, you can easily walk from one place to another.

So, here is Kiev Pechersk Lavra, or the Kiev Monastery of the Caves. It was founded in the 11th century and has always been the center of the Eastern Orthodox Christianity. It’s also included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Kiev Pechersk Lavra

The territory of the monastery is fairly large – it consists of many structures. This diorama will give you an idea of the scale.

Kiev Pechersk Lavra diorama 1 Kiev Pechersk Lavra diorama

And this is Saint Sophia Cathedral – one of the city’s most popular landmarks.

St. Sophia Cathedral

St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery is a bright example of the Ukrainian Baroque architectural style.

St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery 1

And finally the The Saint Andrew’s Church, designed in the 18th century by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli.

Saint Andrew's church

There are many more, but these are the most spectacular, to my mind.

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