Kiev Pechersk Monastery, the Holy Caves, & the Historical Treasures Museum
- Holy Dormition Cathedral: Originally built in the 11th century, the cathedral was redone in baroque style after a fire in 1718. Almost destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt to its original splendor.
- Holy Caves: This system of underground passages includes three cave churches and cells for the monks. You can see medieval relics, as well as the mummified remains of Orthodox saints naturally preserved by the cool, dry temperatures.
- Historical Treasures Museum: Inspect one of the richest collections of Scythian gold, with articles going back to the 4th century B.C., including the complete burial collection of a Scythian queen and her child.
- Syadristy Microminiatures Museum: A rose inside a hollowed hair, a complete chessboard on the head of a pin, camels and a pyramid in the eye of a needle are just some of the marvels you'll see.
About this Kiev Tour
The decision to build the Cathedral of the Holy Dormition at the Monastery of the Caves rose out of necessity. The specific site was decided by different means: divine intervention.
With the monk population reaching 100 about 20 years after St. Antony had established the monastery in 1051 A.D., the cave churches were no longer enough to hold everyone. St. Antony prayed for three days seeking help; out of nowhere, the local prince donated one of his fields for the construction of a cathedral.
St. Antony then began to pray again, this time seeking the best place to lay the foundation. The next morning, there was dew everywhere in the field except for one section.
When St. Antony blessed the spot and dedicated it to Christ, a bolt of lightning hit the spot as a sign of approval.
St. Antony passed away at the age of 90 shortly afterward, never seeing the completion of the cathedral. But he had promised to always watch over it and was the first person buried in the caves on July 10, 1073. Believers say that he watches still.
When the Nazis caved
There's a story that when the Nazis took over the Monastery of the Caves after conquering Kiev in World War II, they decided to exhume the bodies of the monks buried in the caves and throw them in the Dnieper River. But after loading the bodies on their normally reliable truck, they couldn't get it to start, no matter how hard they tried. Shaken, and with a new sense of reverence, they gave up and put the bodies back.
Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with GoBe or your name on it.
Tour to the caves can be replaced by walking tour of monastery. Incorrupt bodies of the saints monks are kept in transparent tombs that`s why it is not recommended for the fainthearted and those who suffer claustrophobia because of the compact size of the caves.
Travel must walk approximately 2 miles over cobblestones and other varying terrain with some inclines. Tour is not wheelchair accessible. If your mobility is limited, you may not see all the sites fully. Participate with the group at your discretion.
Cultural, Walking Tour, Family Friendly
Vehicle sizes vary, depending on the size of the group.
English, French, German, Spanish, Russian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Travelers must be less than 70 inches in height to access all areas of the caves visited.
Special Medical Restriction
Not recommended for the travelers with walking difficulties and those who suffer from claustrophobia. Incorrupt bodies of the saints monks are kept in transparent tombs that`s why it is not recommended for the fainthearted travelers.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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