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Unique ancient monastery founded by monks in real caves! Sacred aura and spirit, absolutely a must-see in Kiev!
Kyiv is known as the “Russian Jerusalem” due to Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, one of the largest monastery complexes in Eastern Europe. This is the holiest ground of all three East Slavic countries – Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.
Kyiv Monastery of the Caves is situated on 28 hectares of grassy hills above the Dnipro River. The monastery’s tight cluster of gold-domed churches is a feast for the eyes and the underground labyrinths lined with mummified monks are exotic and intriguing. Each church of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra has its history and its unique appearance influenced by the different periods and their typical styles. Neither time nor variances of architectural styles ruin the ancient prayerful spirit of the Lavra churches. Great Lavra Bell Tower is the highest in Ukraine!
The complex is divided into the Upper Lavra (owned by the government and Kyiv Patriarchy) and the Lower Lavra (which belongs to Moscow Patriarchy and contains the caves). The Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra caverns are a very complex system of narrow underground corridors, along with numerous living quarters and underground chapels.
Attention! To enter the caves, women must wear a headscarf and a skirt that extends below their knees.
In English, German and other languages:
Price for individual groups 1-3 persons - 85$
Price for 1 person in group 4-6 pax - 40$
Ukrainian/Russian language excursion -20% from prices
The tour is available in Russian, English, German and other languages.