Caves Monastery

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Caves Monastery information

Kyiv , Ukraine
vulitsa Sichnevoho Povstannya 21
+380 44 290 30 71
full hry16.00, child hry8.00, unofficial guides: hry50.00, museums and churches: hry3.00-hry6.00
Opening hours
upper lavra: 09:30-18:00, lower lavra: sunrise-sunset, caves: 08:30-16:30
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Rolling across acres of wooded slopes above the Dnipro, the Caves Monastery, also known as the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, deserves at least a half-day. It is the single most popular tourist site in the city, a highlight of visiting Ukraine and arguably the spiritual heart of the Ukrainian people.

Highlights include the striking early-12th-century Trinity Gate Church; the Refectory Church of SS Anthony & Theodosius, which sports the monastery's famous gold-striped dome; and the Nearer Caves, with dozens of niches containing glass-topped coffins holding mummified monks' bodies.