Kyiv Churches & Golden Domes
St.Sophia& St.Michael's Cathedral
Outstandingly beautiful and iconic
Saint Sophia & Saint Michael's Cathedral is situated a short walk from the upper station of the funicular in the centre of Kyiv on Volodymyrska Street. The two buildings are separated by a large square situated opposite each other and are within easy walking distance of each other.
St. Sophia’s Cathedral and St. Michael's are famous landmarks in Kyiv, and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with the Pechesrsk Lavra and caves complex.
This is a lovely area of Kyiv to explore, not to be missed. Allow about 3 hours to visit both buildings and surrounding territory within the complex.
Saint Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery
St. Michael's Golden domed monastery and cathedral in is a special place of beauty, a calm and tranquil place. Entrance is free to visit the grounds and for 30 UAH (less than a $) you can get to climb the tower and visit the museum.
St. Michael's monastery includes the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael and is designed in the Ukrainian Baroque style. In 1936, during the Stalinist anti-religious campaign, the main church was destroyed by the soviet authorities. It was not until 1997-1998 that the cathedral was reconstructed. St. Michael's Golden Domed cathedral is of of particular importance to the city of Kyiv, because it was dedicated to the archangel Michael – the heavenly patron of the city.
You will need to be appropriately dressed to enter the cathedral and officially there is no photography inside.
Saint Sophia Cathedral
A UNESCO World Heritage site
Beautiful Cathedral set in peaceful and tranquil surroundings, awe inspiring!
Saint Sophia cathedral was founded by Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise and built between 1037 and 1044. The church is currently being restored and you can see the new work as well as the old frescoes and mosaic. The 11th century frescoes on the walls and ceiling are remarkable and many of the mosaics and frescoes date back to the 11th century.
St. Sophia cathedral in Kyiv is the most ancient Christian church that is fully preserved in Eastern Slavic countries. It became the birth place of Kyivan Christianity, statehood and culture.
A number of the cathedral's features are extremely rare and were unknown to all outside of Kyivan Rus’ prior to its construction. Among the most notable are the number of domes and their elongation, the marked pyramidal form and overall striving for height, the fact that the width of its body is greater than its length and the combined use of mosaics and frescoes.
It costs 20 UAH to enter the grounds which are very peaceful to walk around and sit in. But we would recommend paying to enter the cathedral too (cost 100 UAH) otherwise you would be missing the best part of the visit. The ticket also gives you entry to the Refectory, which has a historical exhibition with interesting maps and information of the former Kievan Rus, and also the Zaborovsky Gate, which contained a small exhibition about Cyrillic calligraphy. In the cathedral you can also explore the second floor, which gives you amazing views of the pulpit below.
You should also check out the Metropolitan’s House, Refectory, Bakery and the Bell Tower which are also located within the complex. You can also climb up the Bell Tower and see amazing views across the city.