St Michael's Cathedral, Kiev

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    Very Pretty, with a Symbolic History

    by ainsleigh Updated Oct 22, 2013

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    St. Michael's Gold-Domed Monastery (Михайлівський золотоверхий монастир) is one of Kiev's most well-known, flashy and gorgeous sights. The monastery was originally built in 1108-1113, and in the 1930s, with much resistance, the Soviet government ordered its demolition to make way for a government building. After Ukraine gained independence in 1991, the cathedral was fully reconstructed as an important part of Ukrainian culture and heritage. The attached museum explains the history in detail through exhibits and old photos.

    The cathedral has a bright and colourful Baroque exterior and Byzantine elements on the interior. Of the many well-known churches in Kiev, I spent the least time here, maybe because it's a reconstruction and I visited after I saw some other very beautiful and well-preserved original buildings. Nevertheless, St. Michael's Cathedral is very pretty, with an interesting and symbolic history.

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    by belousovai Written Jul 19, 2013

    Zip Wire through river Dnipro from the observation deck near the Arch of Friendship of People of the Dnipro to the town beach (Trukhaniv island). The descent of 532.61 meters, flight speed up 60km/chas, flight duration from 45 to 60 seconds, the weight limit 120kg. This Zip wire is listed in the Guinness Book of Records of Ukraine as the largest in Ukraine.
    U can use a Kyiv city card http://citycard-ua.com/kyiv/entertainment/zip-wire-through-river-dnipro/ This card gives u a discount for trips, museums, hotels, restaurants.The cost of flying 1 person = 150 UAH (without discounts), tandem (one adalt one child up to 8 years old, weighing up to 100kg) = 250hrn (no discounts).
    Enjoy!

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    St Michael's Cathedral

    by Pomocub Written Sep 3, 2012

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    St Michael's golden domed monastry is one of the most famous churches in Kyiv and absolutely stunning!. It is located on the right bank of the Dniper River and isn't far from Independence Square and St Sophia's Cathedral. The monastry was originally built in 1713 but was destroyed by the soviets many years later. Following Ukraine's Independence in 1991 the monastry was rebuilt in 1999 and has since become one of the most famous landmarks in Kyiv.

    There are some lovely gardens around the back of the Cathedral where you can have a stroll around or sit and absorb the atmosphere.

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    St. Michael's Gold-Domed Monastery

    by smirnofforiginal Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    Admission is free but there is a small fee to go into the museum... and a little old lady standing outside telling oyu how great it is to go in. (You go through the museum to get to the bell tower which affords nice views acorss the square, down to St. Sophia's Cathedral).

    The monastery you see today dates to 2001. The origianl which dated back considerably longer (1108) was unforgivingly torn down by the Soviets in 1937!

    My Lonely Planet book says, of the museum, it 'explains the sad history of the neighbouring Tryokhsvyatytelska Church, destroyed by the Soviets in 1934' I was unable to find any explanations in English so, I shall take their word for it!

    I visited the monastery late in the day when it was dark and this was a beautiful time to be there and thenight views from the tower were lovely.

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    a different St. Michael's

    by GeoV Written Mar 17, 2010

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    Think of churches in Kyiv and the Lavra and St. Sophia obviously spring to mind. Or maybe St. Michael's Cathedral. You wouldn't want to miss any of these but how about something completely different? There is another (modern) St. Michael's close to the Central Clinical Hospital but the pictures show its predecessor - a painted, wooden church of 1895.

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    St Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral

    by iwys Updated Dec 17, 2008

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    Originally built in 1108, by Sviatopolk II Iziaslavych, the complex comprises the Cathedral itself (Mykhaylivskyi Zolotoverhyi Sobor), the refectory of St. John the Divine, built in 1713, the Economic Gates (Ekonomichna vrata), constructed in 1760 and the monastery's bell tower, which was added circa 1716–1719. The original St Michael's Cathedral was destroyed by the communist regime in the 1930s. It was rebuilt in the 1990s and reopened as a church in 2000. It has a beautiful sky blue and white exterior capped with golden domes.

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    by olgaehr Written Dec 11, 2007

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    St. Michael Cathedral is a functioning monastery which was designed during Byzantine and Baroque periods.

    No matter when I visit it, there is always service. You have to be quite, women cover their hair and just stand there and observe the traditions.

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  • St. Michael's Golden-Domen Cathedral

    by caprice_222 Updated Mar 13, 2005

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    St. Michael's Golden-Domen Cathedral is at the top of the funicular and also a short walk from St. Andrew's. Originally built by Prince Sviatopolk in 1108, this cathedral was destroyed by the Soviet regime in the mid-1930s in keeping with their anti-religion programme. The sky blue exterior and glittering golden domes are certainly stunning, even though up close it all seems a bit too new and shiny for this ancient city.

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    by Chamsa Written Sep 8, 2002

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    St. Michael the Archangel of Kyiv
    St. Michael Golden Domes Cathedral in Kiev was an outstanding architectural esemble erected by Sviatopolk, a grandson of Yaroslav the Wise in 1108-1113. During communist dictatorship St. Michael Cathedral was barbarously destroyed in 1935.
    It was finally reconstructed in late 1990s.

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    St. Michael's Cathedral

    by georeiser Updated Feb 8, 2010
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    St. Michael's Cathedral (Mikhaylovsky Gold Domed Monastery) was originally built in 1113, but have been rebuilt many times. It is in my opinion one of the most beautiful buildings in Europe.

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    Visit St Michael Cathedral. It...

    by Giulia_ua Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit St Michael Cathedral. It was rebuild couple of years ago.
    Everything is golden. Too much gold I would say

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