Kiev Pechersk Lavra Caves Tour

Monastery of the Caves

Duration: 2 hours
Type of Tour: Walking Tour

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

Holiest place of worship in Ukrainian Orthodoxy

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is the famous Orthodox 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.

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra caves are a system of underground tunnels — Far and Near Caves. In the caves are kept relics of the Lavra monks-ascetics who lived under the ground in the period from the 11th century. 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 17 century in the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra was held a grand stone construction. The numerous stunning cathedrals and Grand Bell Tower were built in that period of time.

Let’s dive into the history of the oldest and most important Old Ruthenian monastery, the main place of religious worship for Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox. On a guided tour with a local expert Kiev guide you will learn the thousands years history of this unique place.

Main attractions of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery

  • Near and the Far Caves
  • Holy Dormition Cathedral
  • Great Lavra Bell Tower
  • Gate Church of the Trinity since 1106-1108
  • The Refectory Church
  • Church of All Saints

Important to know

Working hours of the Lavrs Caves – 8.30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

While visiting the caves and churches of the sanctuary, women must cover their heads with a shawl and wear long skirts covering the knees (although you may rent a skirt at the entrance to the caves for free, if they are available). Also, wear comfortable sports footwear because the territory of the complex is not flat.