Pechersk Lavra, Kiev

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    Kievo-Pecherska Lavra

    by Dialing Written Sep 25, 2004

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    Kievo-Pecherska Lavra

    The Pecherskaya Lavra monastery was founded in 11 century. The building continued in for about 9 next centuries. The name Pecherskaya comes from the word "peshera" (cave) which were situated there. The monks used to live in these caves before the monastery was built. And Lavra is a noble name, which was mostly given to big and significant monasteries. The architectural ensemble of the monastery even today makes the great impression. In the sunny day the blinks of many domes and belfries are blinding the eyes - thus singlasses are a must :)

    The most of the buildings in the monastery date from 17-18 century and are the examples of Ukrainian baroque style. From the 12 century there is only one church left (with just few architectural changes conducted later). This is the church above the main entrance gates and it is called "Nadbramna. It's a miracle that this church has remained after all the misfortunes (attacks, wars and fires). It was built in 1106-1108 as the defense tower. The church itself is situated on the second floor above the gates. Its interior is great. The narrow windows, and the general visual effect of movement upwards create the sense of the raised ease. The construction of the church carries the typical features of Ancient Russian architecture.

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  • Lavra Monastery

    by enigma66 Written Aug 22, 2004

    One complete day you need to visit this fabulous monastery. Be sure to watch the old icons which will take immediately to the era of old ages when the monks used to spend their life isolated from the mortal life in a cave in the mountains till the last day of their life praying and worshiping the God.

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  • Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra

    by caprice_222 Written Feb 20, 2004

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    The Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra built almost nine centuries ago. A complex of churches, masterpieces of architecture by themselves, has been a holy place of worship for devoted Christians. Famous for its catacombs with the saints relics, Lavra is also called the Monastery of Caves.

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    Kiev Pecherska Lavra Monastery

    by socrates_07 Written Aug 25, 2003

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    Kyivo-Percherska Lavra

    The Dnepro are dominated by Kyiv greatest monument, the Kyivo-Percherska Lavra, built almost nine centuries ago. A complex of churches, masterpieces of architecture by themselfs has been a holy place of worship for devoted Christians. Famous for it?s catacombs with the saints relics, Lavra is also called the Monastery of Caves. Museum collections of miniatures and church treasures amaze vistors from all over the world.

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    by Listig Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The ensemble is organically linked to the relief and forms a beautiful and majestic silhouette of Kyiv from the Dnipro River side. In 1926 the Kyivan Cave Historical-Cultural Preserve was established on the premises of the monastery.

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    by Listig Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The monastery was destroyed in 1240 and 1480. In the late 16th centuly it was designated a Lavra (monastery). The architectural ensemble attained completion in the mid-18th century. The majority of the structures is built in the Ukrainian Baroque style.

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    Kiev Pecherska Lavra Monastery...

    by Lyalka Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Kiev Pecherska Lavra Monastery is a 'must see' visit while in Kiev. This twenty-eight hector functioning monastery contains numerous churches, towers, a printing works, miles of maze like underground tunnels containing numerous churches, ancient crypts, ecclesiastical objects, and some of Kiev's riches museums

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    PERCHESKAYA LAVRA is the...

    by Michael_D Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    PERCHESKAYA LAVRA is the monestary of the caves...so dug as to be able to worship and not be arrested during the time of Russian occupation when religion was officially forbidden.Walking into the caves is a bit scary...as there are some twists and turns and an occaisional mummified monk..I am hoping these were fake,,,but who knows??

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    Lavra--Orthodox...

    by kim83_50158 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Orthodox Monastery in Kiev

    Lavra--Orthodox Monastery...One of the biggest!
    There are many different structures on the premises. There are catacombs there, too. It is pretty interesting to walk around and see the monks. I've personally never been around that kind of environment. There's also a great view of the city, since the monastery sits high on a hill next to Kiev.

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    Kyyevo-Pecherska lavra

    by Listig Updated May 1, 2003

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    A Ukrainian Orthodox monastery founded in 1051 by the monks Antoniy and reodosiy. In the llth century it became the center for the expansion and consolidation of Christianity in Kyivan Rus'-Ukraine.

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    Kyivo Recherska LavraWas...

    by Giulia_ua Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Kyivo Recherska Lavra
    Was built almost 9 centuries ago on the Kiev Hills. A complex of churches, masterpieces of architecture by themselves, has been a holy place of worship for the Christians.

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