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I am somewhat of a history buff, so when I travel, I make sure that I visit key locations within the city I am working. This monastery has a very long storied history in Ukraine. The only way to describe it is to just visit...More
This monastery was founded in 1140 ad. As one might expect, it has been through many transformations from that time to this. It was largely burned in the 18th century and became a museum of atheism in the Stalin time. That saved it from being...More
We visit the monastery in a rainy and dark day and the monastery itself has a dark atmosphere too. Paintings are interesting but as not being a christian and not knowing too much about christian history I did not take so much pleasure.
We were amazed by how few tourists we saw in Kiev (end of June) and no exceptions here. We took an Uber to the complex then struggled to find the way in - basically follow the (mud track) path around the outside of the gate...More
Great to combine with a visit to the Rodina Mat statue and the Ukrainian war museum. A peaceful walk through the monastery grounds followed by a visit to the church is a good way of taking a moment and seeing some religious-cultural aspects of Ukrainian...More
Parts of the interior date back to the 12th century but the exterior is 18th century. Some of the impressive murals are due to Mikhail Vrubel regarded as the greatest Russian Symbolist painter (abound 1884) including paintings of 4 full length people standing. The eyes...More
It's a bit far from central Kiev, but can be reached through a walk through Babi Yar. Babi Yar is a beautiful park with a dark history. It's about a 30min walk through the park from metro to St Cyril's. Make sure you find the...More
My visit to St Cyril Monastery lived up to all the things I had read about it. The frescos were lovely. I took a tour but it was in Russian so my friend had to translate. On Saturday afternoon, there is a service so this...More