Extended Kiev Tour with St. Sophia, the Caves Monastery, and Lunch

7 Hours
Group Activity

From (USD) $438 Per Person (Based on 2)

Extended Kiev Tour with St. Sophia, the Caves Monastery, and Lunch

7 Hours
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From (USD) $438 Per Person (Based on 2)

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      Extended Kiev Tour with St. Sophia, the Caves Monastery, and Lunch

      Kiev, Ukraine
      From (USD) $438 Per Person (Based on 2)
      • Guided cathedral visits: Enjoy the beautiful frescos and mosaics and learn about the long history of the Cathedral of St. Sofia and Holy Dormition Cathedral.
      • Guided Kiev walk: Stroll down Andrew's Descent and see St. Andrew's Church, St. Michael's Gold-Domed Monastery, the Golden Gate, King Richard's Castle, and more.
      • 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

      With better-known landmarks like St. Sophia's Cathedral and the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, the Cathedral of St. Vladimir sometimes gets second billing. But with its beautiful interior, it belongs at the top of the list.

      The splendor is evident even before you set foot inside. The entrance features impressive bronze relief sculptures of St. Olga – former Princess Olga of Kiev in the 10th century – set against a blue background.

      Inside, under its seven domes, this brightly lit Byzantine cathedral is dressed with unique frescos and mosaics depicting scenes of salvation and Russian Orthodox Christian history.

      The most notable work is the Holy Mother of God fresco on the apse of the altar. The work, created by Russian master Viktor Vasnetsov in the 1880s, is considered a masterpiece of fine art around the world. Famous for its three-dimensional perspective, it offers amazingly realistic detail and a unique sense of movement in the wind-blown clothing, the flying angels, and the child's open arms.

      The walls and the floors of St. Vladimir are decorated with multicolored marbles from Italy, Spain, France, and Belgium. And the iconostasis is carved from beautiful white Carrara marble.

      In a city with as rich a religious heritage as Kiev, the Cathedral of St. Vladimir may not be the first one that gets mentioned. But once you see this little-known gem, it could be the one you can't stop talking about.

      Dormitian devastation

      Anticipating the Nazi takeover of Kiev in World War II, the Red Army hid explosives throughout the city. Among the places they booby-trapped was the Holy Dormition Cathedral. The explosion destroyed all but about one fourth of the cathedral. It was restored to its former glory based on pictures and historical records, many of its original icons and mosaics were lost forever.

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      Cancellation policy

      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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