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Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kiev

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Boasting an array of cupolas and a richly decorated interior, Saint Sophia Cathedral stands as Kiev's premier and oldest church, as well as a famous symbol of the city. Visit the cathedral, begun in the year 1037 as a tribute to a military victory, and marvel at its 13 Orthodox-style cupolas, the highest of which stands at 29 m (94 ft). Take time to enter the building and admire its complement of intricate frescoes, paintings, and decorations, many dating back to its earliest days and of great importance in Kiev's religious life. You'll find, among others, ornate portraits of founding fathers of the church, angels, and St. Sophia herself within, accented with shimmering gold paint and tiles. Don't miss seeing the tomb of Yaroslavl the Wise, the man who first commissioned the building's construction. Plan to visit Saint Sophia Cathedral and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kiev attractions using our Kiev online holiday planner .
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  • The church is very beautiful both inside & out. There are centuries of history to discover here. It is worth a visit.  more »
  • Very nice visit to the cathedral but also to the elements present in the enclosure. Special mention for the climb into the bell tower, quite impressive stairs but what a beautiful view!!! As a bonus, we had explanations in French about the country's eventful history in the bakery (historical exhibition). Take the full ticket (200uah) to enter all the buildings.
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  • Amazing cathedral, its even more beautiful when seen from the bell tower. this make climbing the wooden steps of bell tower, worth it. Architectural beauty from inside out. the paintings depicted on the walls are something to be mesmerized with. the atmosphere is so clam, its wonderful to be there. The entrance is chargeable given it also attracts tourists, the fee is nominal at 60 UAH. have cafe and washrooms inside with beautiful garden. can spend hours if one wishes to.
  • Must visit - the Sofia cathedral has some of the largest collection of orthodox frescoes from XI-XII century - incredible monument of art. Best is to take a tour, as there are so many frescoes and mosaics that require explanation to fully understand them
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