"Pecherska Lavra [Caves Monastery]" Pechersk Lavra Tip by Enzyme_X

Pechersk Lavra, Kiev: 27 reviews and 51 photos

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It would be a sin not to go to Caves Monastery while in Kiev. The visit of this huge religious complex is one of the highlights in whole Ukraine. Expect to spend here at least 1/2 a day.
It was established in 11th century by greek monk St. Antoiny. With his followers he dug the whole underground system of caves and tunnels, which became their new home and palce of studying and worshipping.
Later, monastery spread also above ground, reaching the size of 28 hectars. It became the intelectual center of Kievan Russia. In several raids and fires the monastery was destroyed, but always rebuilt and it's still in use today.
The complex is devided in two parts - upper and lower. In lower you can visit the caves where still the mummies of the monks lie. Watch your head, if you are among the taller ones :-).

The entrance fee is 10 grivnas (students half price). It's recomended to drees properly - no shorts and sleeveless shirts.

Address: vul Sichnevoho Povstammya 21
Phone: 80 44 280-30-71
Website: http://www.kplavra.kiev.ua/

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  • Written Feb 25, 2006
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