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World Heritage #0527 – Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

World Heritage #0527 – Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

Kiev is a city filled with high, gilded, dome-shaped church spires, some of which belong to the two historically very important complexes included on the List.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

Country: Ukraine

Date of Inscription: 1990

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 527:

Designed to rival Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, Kiev’s Saint-Sophia Cathedral symbolizes the ‘new Constantinople’, capital of the Christian principality of Kiev, which was created in the 11th century in a region evangelized after the baptism of St Vladimir in 988. The spiritual and intellectual influence of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra contributed to the spread of Orthodox thought and the Orthodox faith in the Russian world from the 17th to the 19th century.

My visit:

There are two separate complexes. The first is the Saint-Sophia Cathedral and a set of related, previously monastic buildings. It is now mostly used as a museum with several exhibition buildings. The second is the monastic complex of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra with the Church of the Saviour at Berestovo. This is a monastery even today and occupies a large area on the west bank of the Dnieper River. I arrived here in 2018 and visited both complexes. The exterior and interior of both complexes are extremely fascinating. 

My visit is not yet described in full. 

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