Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra — the oldest and one of the main Orthodox shrines, a unique monastery complex, which has no analogues in the world. This is the first monastery in Kievan Rus, there are preserved almost intact temples, built in the 11th century.
In fact, the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is a real town in the heart of Kyiv, there are fourteen Orthodox churches, monastery, seven museums, one of the first typographies in Rus, etc. "Lavra" translates from Greek as "street", not all monasteries awarded with this title, and it's argument for great importance.
For many centuries Lavra was attacked many times, several times it was destroyed, but restored again and again.
The main treasure of the monastery — the relics of reverend fathers and laity. There is located burial place of many princes and noblemen since XIV century.
Today Lavra is divided into Upper and Lower. Upper Lavra is the historical and cultural complex, and the Lower Lavra is a functioning monastery and Caves. The Caves divided to Middle (total length of 313 meters) and Far (293 meters). According to some sources, these Caves is much longer and have extensive system of underground passages that lie beneath the waters of Dnieper and even connect the monastery with surrounding cities cloisters.
In the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra was created the primary chronicle of Kievan Rus — "Tale of Bygone Years".
Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra included into the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage.
Brigade of the Orthodox Church, quite a large area, a lot lawek you can relax. Introduction to part of the Church free
it's one of "must to be visited" place in Kyiv, also recommended to walk to the Slava park
The sense of contradictory. That awe which would have to occur in such a Holy place to which people in former times was on his knees there. The smell of gasoline from Executive cars and expensive perfume from the clergy. The smell of big money. Biznesproekt. But as a historical and architectural object of equal beauty and importance, there is similar.
A quiet atmosphere. You get relaxed just walking here. Best hours after 5pm.
A must have if you visited Kiev.
Take a tour guide in order to understand the history and the importance of the relics and the monastery. It is a must place to visit in Kyiv, and Ukraine in general.
Of all the places I've traveled, Kiev and the Pechersk Lavra hold a special place in my heart. The narrow tunnels are lit only by candlelight and the mood is very solemn as people venerate the saints, whose bodies have been preserved in some cases up to nearly a millennium. The complex is filled with amazing churches and chapels, all looking down on the Dnieper. Definitely more of a powerful experience if you're religious, but everybody should experience this place/
Beautiful, spiritual place. It's nice to come and relax from all worldly things. But! And here is now dominated by Commerce!
The entrance to the old monastery, district-belfry - paid (free to walk around the monastery, which is just below).
But if You have no desire or means to pay for a ticket, you can freely go during the morning or evening service. Women definitely need to be in a skirt and with his head covered, otherwise pass.
Вход в старую Лавру, -район колокольни,- платный (бесплатно можно пройтись по монастырю, который чуть ниже).
Но, если у Вас нет желания или средств платить за билет, то свободно можно пройти во время утренней или вечерней службы. Женщинам обязательно нужно быть в юбке и с покрытой головой, иначе не пропустят.
Located on the hill above the Dnipr River, the Pechersk Lavra is a beautiful, quiet area for history and contemplation. It's a Mecca of sorts for faithful Orthodox believers. The various buildings house ancient and interesting iconography. There is plenty to see for a few hours of your time.
Read online ahead of time for details on attire. Also, plan to hire a tour guide (or bring a local friend) to get the most out of your visit.
#1 place you should go if you visit Kiev. Take caves,very interesting. Go eat for good price. Women,cover your head if you go inside church.
This place is so full of history and many aspects to explore. There is even a museum of miniatures here. The monastery is the residence of the oldest known book of history of the Ukrainian people, and visiting the caves is a great experience.
Everyone who comes in Kiev shall visit this place. You will enjoy it.
Beautiful and wonderful place
Through photos & descriptive information I was taken to the Monastery of the Caves in Kiev, Ukraine. A lovely destination I will not likely have the chance to visit. Beautiful photographs, but repetitive scenes. Still was very enjoyable!
One of the most interesting places in Kyiv with great view and ancient buildings. Caves are worth visiting, just be sure to come before 4 p.m. You can also visit a museum and park of Ukrainian History in World War II and watch some military machines near.
It is really very beautiful, but as is often the case in monuments in Kiev one must pay to enter (and see the main buildings) but there are other buildings of which the entry is sometimes paid.