Kiev Pechersk Lavra Tour
National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve
Duration: 2-2,5 hours
*the tour may be combined with visiting the other Kiev sites
Working hours of the Near and Far Caves – 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Entrance fee to the Near and Far Caves is free.
Kiev Pechersk Lavra is the famous Orthodox monastery, one of the oldest and most important Old Russian monastery, the main place of religious worship for Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox, a unique architectural ensemble. It has been on the UNESCO Register of World Heritage since 1990. The territory of the complex occupies 28 hectares of grassy hills above the Dnipro River. Kiev Pechersk Lavra caves are the system of the underground tunnels — Far and Near Caves.
In the caves are buried relics of the Lavra monks-ascetics who lived in the period from the XI till XV centuries. It is with the Far Caves, where the relics of 49 saints are kept began the history of the monastery. At the end of the XVII century in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra was held a grand stone construction.
Lavra played a major role in the cultural history of Russia and Ukraine. More than once the Lavra buildings were destroyed (in 1718 a horrible fire devastated the monastery, and then during the Nazi occupation of 1941-1943), but every time the Lavra rose from ashes. Now there is an acting congregation on the territory of Lavra.
You will see the highlights:
- The Near and the Far Caves.
- the Holy Dormition Cathedral.
- The Great Lavra Belltower.
- The Gate Church of the Trinity since 1106-1108.
- The Refectory Church.
BEST KIEV GUIDE invites you to dive into the history of the oldest and most important Old Russian monastery, the main place of religious worship for Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox, a unique architectural ensemble.