Kiev Walking Tour with St. Sofia Cathedral & St. Michael's Monastery

4 Hours 30 Minutes
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From (USD) $137 Per Person (Based on 2)

Kiev Walking Tour with St. Sofia Cathedral & St. Michael's Monastery

4 Hours 30 Minutes
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From (USD) $137 Per Person (Based on 2)

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      Kiev Walking Tour with St. Sofia Cathedral & St. Michael's Monastery

      Kiev, Ukraine
      From (USD) $137 Per Person (Based on 2)
      • Cathedral of St. Sofia: Byzantine mosaics and frescos adorn the inside of this Ukrainian baroque cathedral, topped with pear-shaped copulas. Two icons inside are said to grant miracles.
      • St. Michael's Gold-Domed Monastery: Completed in 1113 A.D., the monastery was destroyed by the Soviets in the 1930s for having ""no historical value."" It was faithfully reconstructed in 1999, including original rescued frescos and mosaics.
      • Independence Square: Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the main square in the heart of Kiev, features six fountains, an artificial waterfall, and the 200-foot white marble Independence Column.
      About this Kiev Tour

      The Cathedral of St. Sofia is not named after a saint; it's dedicated to the Eastern Orthodox Christian concept of ""holy wisdom"" (sophia being the Greek word for wisdom.). Perhaps that inspired the wise decision to leave elements of the interior decor not normally appreciated in a religious building: graffiti.

      This beautiful church was founded in 1037 and rebuilt in 1707, and is worth seeing just for the Ukrainian baroque architecture. Don’t miss the nearly 20-foot Byzantine stone and glass mosaic of the Virgin Mary that decorates the central portion of the cathedral.

      But the most unusual feature is the more than 300 medieval graffiti found on interior walls, a sort of running commentary about political events, historical figures, even the purchase of a princess: the wife of Vsevolod Olgovich, Grand Prince of Kiev, in the 12th century.

      Aside from providing valuable information on life in Kievan Rus, the language is highly revealing. It shows the people of Kiev to be quite literate in a language very similar to modern Ukrainian, and not Russian-based Cyrillic, or the Church's Slavonic language.

      Other graffiti found in the cathedral include a drawing of a horse from the 11th century, the death notice of the great prince Yaroslav the Wise (including a prayer by his wife), and the signature of Grand Prince Vladimir Monomakh.

      Because of the graffiti, we know the names of three of the masters who created the cathedral: Georgy, Stephan, and Sezhir, proving the wisdom of allowing the graffiti to remain.

      Ghost story

      The home built by Dmitri Orlov in the early 20th century was called King Richard's Castle to mock its British-style high tower and spires. But the sounds heard by the tenants were no laughing matter. Terrifying howling, creaking, and murmuring led them to flee in fear. A history professor who investigated the matter found that pieces of construction rubble had been left in the chimneys and ventilation ducts, partially blocking the wind and creating a spooky whistling effect.

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      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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