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Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kiev

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Boasting an array of cupolas and a richly decorated interior, Saint Sophia Cathedral stands as Kiev's premier and oldest church, as well as a famous symbol of the city. Visit the cathedral, begun in the year 1037 as a tribute to a military victory, and marvel at its 13 Orthodox-style cupolas, the highest of which stands at 29 m (94 ft). Take time to enter the building and admire its complement of intricate frescoes, paintings, and decorations, many dating back to its earliest days and of great importance in Kiev's religious life. You'll find, among others, ornate portraits of founding fathers of the church, angels, and St. Sophia herself within, accented with shimmering gold paint and tiles. Don't miss seeing the tomb of Yaroslavl the Wise, the man who first commissioned the building's construction. Plan to visit Saint Sophia Cathedral and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kiev attractions using our Kiev online holiday planner .
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  • It's a place that shouldn't be seen. When buying tickets, attention should be paid to the bell tower, the cathedral building and a few museums. You have to have tickets for each episode. You can also buy tickets for the sections in bulk, you can choose and buy separate tickets for a few episodes. There's a different instrument in his garden, so it's free to play.
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  • This is one of the main sites to see from the outside it stunning but the tickets are confusing you have to pay to go in then inside there is lots more to by tickets for clock tower. To take photos. V...  more »
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  • Amazing cathedral, its even more beautiful when seen from the bell tower. this make climbing the wooden steps of bell tower, worth it. Architectural beauty from inside out. the paintings depicted on the walls are something to be mesmerized with. the atmosphere is so clam, its wonderful to be there. The entrance is chargeable given it also attracts tourists, the fee is nominal at 60 UAH. have cafe and washrooms inside with beautiful garden. can spend hours if one wishes to.
  • Must visit - the Sofia cathedral has some of the largest collection of orthodox frescoes from XI-XII century - incredible monument of art. Best is to take a tour, as there are so many frescoes and mosaics that require explanation to fully understand them
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