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  • St. Volodymyr Cathedral - Kiev
  • St. Volodymyr Cathedral - Kiev
      St. Volodymyr Cathedral
    by OlenaKyiv
  • St. Volodymyr Cathedral - Kiev
      St. Volodymyr Cathedral
    by OlenaKyiv

Favorite thing: In 1852 there was an idea to build a cathedral devoted to 900 years since Baptizing of Rus. Tsar Nikolay liked the idea and approved a project. The cathedral was built on donations from people and Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra. As an architector was called famous Italian Beretti. Interior and exterior of the cathedral reflects the way of churches in times of Volodymyr (10-11 centuries).

It took 34 years, many changes in planning, dismissal of several architects and lots of artists to complete the construction of this beautiful cathedral. It was officially consecrated in the presence of Tsar Nikolay II in 1896. Exterior paintings were painted by Frolov. The interior walls are covered with paintings from various Russian artists: Vasnecov, Vrubel, Nesterov, Svedomskiy. Also artist from Venice took a part in decoration.

it is quite different for St. Michael Cathedral because of less light colors in interior.

It is working church with daily religious services. So you may see many people walking in and out. Schedule: 9 am - 6 pm

Address: Boulevard T. Shevchenko 20.

Fondest memory: Years ago there were rumors that Cathedral was built in bad devil place. That people who goes there have bad influence on others or can get that churche's bad spirit. They say that paintings are from devil. However, that was only rumors because many people attend this church without any doubt. I assume the source of those rumors was a constant fight between Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 6, 2007
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