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St. Sofia Cathedral
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Posted by Vasilisa on 19 Oct 2009

Saint Sophia Cathedral is an outstanding architectural monument of Kyivan Rus'. Today, it is one of the city's best known landmarks and the first Ukrainian patrimony to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.

St. Sofia Cathedral was founded by Grand Duke of Kiev Yaroslav Mudriy (Yaroslav the Wise) in 1037 and became the main church of Kievan Rus. Today Sofia complex is included in the UNESCO world-wide heritage list.

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Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
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Posted by Vasilisa on 19 Oct 2009

Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is a unique monastery complex, which is included in UNESCO world heritage list. It was visited by more than 43 millions of tourists from all over the world.

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St. Vladimir Cathedral
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Posted by Vasilisa on 19 Oct 2009

St. Vladimir Cathedral was built in commemoration of Prince Vladimir who in 998 introduced Christianity in ancient Rus. Cathedral is built in traditional for Russian architecture ancient Byzantine style. This was the style of ancient Russian churches in the times of Vladimir the Saint and Yaroslav the Wise. Cathedral interior was designed by such famous artists as Viktor Vasnetsov and Mikhail Vrubel.

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St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral
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Posted by Vasilisa on 19 Oct 2009

St. Michael's Cathedral was destroyed by the times of USSR in 1935 and anew built in 90th after Ukraine got it's independence. Inside cathedral there are unique mosaics and wall paintings which were taken out before cathedral devastation and kept safe in the museums of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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Brodskiy synagogue
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Posted by Vasilisa on 20 Oct 2009

One of the three Kyiv synagogues the Brodskiy synagogue is located in the very center of Kiev. This building erected in 1898, was confiscated by soviet power in 1926 and returned back to Jewish community only in 1997.

There is a small museum in the hall of synagogue - hanukkia created by famous Israel sculptor Frank Maisler, fragment of Torah scroll of II-V century, copy of the key from the synagogue opening in 1898, antique books, kippahs, tephillines, mezuzas, candle-holders.

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Pokrovskiy monastery
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Posted by Vasilisa on 20 Oct 2009

Pokrovskiy Convent was founded by Princess Alexandra Petrovna, the wife of tsar's Alexandr II brother - grand duke Nikolay Nikolaevich. She created the convent for poor woman who needed the asylum and wanted to devote oneself to God.

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Alexandr's Roman Catholic cathedral
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Posted by Vasilisa on 20 Oct 2009

Aleksandrovskiy Cathedral was named after Tsar Nikolay I and is the oldest roman-catholic church of Kiev.

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St. Andrew's Church
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Posted by Vasilisa on 20 Oct 2009

The legend says that once in the place were now Dnieper flows was the sea. But after St. Andrew came into Kiev and had put a cross on a hill were now St. Andrew Church stands, the sea went off and hide under the hill. St. Andrew Church has no bells cause according to the legend the water will arise and flood all Kiev with the first stroke of the bell.

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Vydubychi Monastery
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Posted by Vasilisa on 20 Oct 2009

Vydubitskiy monastery complex is situated on the picturesque banks of Dnieper in the Vydubich tract.  It has been famous since the days of Khan Batiy, a Mongol ruler who demolished Kyiv in 1240...

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St. Nicholas roman-catholic Cathedral
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Posted by Vasilisa on 20 Oct 2009

St. Nicholas Cathedral is one of the most beautiful Kyiv's buildings. It was constructed from 1899-1909 and was built in a Gothic type construction, by Kyiv architects V. Gorodetsky and E. Salya. Historically, it belonged to the Latin rite Catholic community.

Currently, it belongs to the Kyivan Municipal Department for Culture, but the Roman Catholic Church hopes it will be returned back to the local Latin rite Roman Catholic community.

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