Mykhailivsky Zolotoverkhyi Monastery, Kiev
St Michail's church was originally built in 1108, but what we now admire, is a copy built around the turn of the millenia. The original one was destroyed by the Soviets in 1937. It is named after Kiev's patron saint.
In the bell tower there is a museum where you can learn (all) about the church and the monastery complex.
On the gounds to the south of the building adjoining the bell tower can you buy a shining, but hardly golden, cross or spire.
The admission to the grounds is free.
Mykhailivsky Zolotoverkhyi Monastery translated means Michael's Monastery of the Golden Roof. The cathedral is names after St. Michael the Kiev’s patron saint. The cathedral was destroyed by the Soviets in WWI , but has been rebuilt recently. Michael’s Monastery is located directly across from St. Sophia Cathedral. The upper entrance to the funicular is located behind the Monastery.
As I mentioned before, this is my favorite building in Kiev.
This grandiose structure, with its amazing golden domes and cupolas shining in the afternoon sun, was built in 1108 by Kiev Prince Sviatopolk in 1108. Saint Michael was considered Kiev's patron saint and is depicted on the coat of arms of the city. It survived the brutal Mongol invasions and the years of Polish and Lithuanian rule, but not the Soviets. In 1934, Stalin decided to build the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Ukrainian Communist Party here and ordered the cathedral destroyed. Many historians were horrified by the move but could only save some of the frescoes and icons. Only one, Mykola Makarenko, refused to sign a statement supporting the demolition of the cathedral. He paid for the brave decision with his life. With independence, the Ukrainian government has since rebuilt the structure.
Mykhailiwski zoloteverhiy monastyr (St. Michael monastery with a Cathedral)
One of the best examples oh Ukrainian baroque, dominated by the golden cupolas. Built during XI-XII centuries.
In 30th it was destroyed during the communist anti-religious campaign, together with 19 other churches, some of which were the architectural masterpieces (Uspenski catherdal in Lavra, 'Velykiy Mykola' and Bohoyavlenski cathedral in Bratski monastery).
Was rebuilt in 1998 and now we can observe its beauty.