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Zverinets Caves and Archangel Mykhail Monastery

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Address: Michurina prov. 20-23, Kiev 01014, Ukraine
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Caves in Kiev suburb of Zverintes were discovered as recently as in 1888....

Caves in Kiev suburb of Zverintes were discovered as recently as in 1888. Some say - during the extraction of clay or soil movement, the others talk about one Feodosia Matvienko, who had visions on where to look for the entrance to the caves. The length of the Zverinets monastery catacombs is about two kilometers, which is much longer than in the famous Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Cave monastery. Besides the remains of temples and crypts with the holy relics, there were the remains of the laity found in the caves. To all appearances, the monastery, founded in the X-XI centuries, was destroyed during the Tatar Mongol invasion - perhaps people have tried to hide here, and the Mongols simply walled the entrance. The monastery revived only in the late XII century. There are remains of paintings, carved in stone crosses in the caves, and worship is conducted in the underground church of the Archangel Michael. The new monastery is being built on the surface.

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enigmatic and mysterious

The place is enigmatic and mysterious, with different legends and parables. The architecture is not as pompous as you find it in other cloisters, but this place is spiritual. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 February 2016
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Melitopol, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

The place is enigmatic and mysterious, with different legends and parables. The architecture is not as pompous as you find it in other cloisters, but this place is spiritual. The cloister is located on the mountain, so, the view from here of Kiev is grand. This place is one of the favorite places for pilgrims. I fact, it’s hard to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2015

I thought this little monastery was cool. it's really hidden away in a back alley/slide street. But it looks cool. Unfortunately, I couldn't get inside to see the interior due to renovations. But the outside was really nice.

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