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Kiev Pechersk Cave Monastery


Kiev is known not only as cultural center, but also as a spiritual point for many centuries.

Duke Vladimir chose Christianity among three main world religions and in 988 Kievan Rus has been baptized. This event predicted history of Kievan Rus and Kiev as its ancestor.

History of this monastery started in early 1051. Young monk – Venerable Anthony – digged a small cave for praying and this put the beginning of future prominent Orthodox Christian place. During its history Cave monastery survived many difficult periods and suffered from many needs. The most difficult times started after October Revolution 1917. Shortly after revolution in 1926 the monastery was completely closed by the Soviet authorities. But this was only the beginning. A lot of monks were prisoned, some even killed. The heart of Monastery complex –St. Dormition Cathedral – was totally ruined in 1941.


Nowadays Kiev Pechersk Cave monastery occupies 26 hectares and has 102 stone structures. It’s a place of true spiritual life and miracles still happen here!!!

Cave monastery was named one of Seven Wonders of Ukraine in August 21, 2007.

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (cave monastery) 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. Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is, for sure, No. 1 in your “must see” list!

During the tour you will learn history of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, visit caves and cave churches.

Objects (you may add your objects to the list):

  • The church of the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra;
  • The Near and the Far Caves;
  • The Church of Venerable Anthony and Theodosius Pechersky (The Refectory Church);
  • Khrestovozdvizhenskaya temple;
  • Saint wells after venerable Anthony and Theodosius Pechersky;
  • MicroMiniatures museum, where you can see the smallest book in the world etc.

Price: from 15$ per hour
(does not include entrance fees and transportation services)
Duration: about 3 hours