St Michael's Monastery Museum


The fascinating history of the St Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery is explained in great detail (in Ukrainian and English placards) in a museum located in the monastery's bell tower. The museum also explains the sad history of the neighbouring Tryokhsvyatytelska Church, destroyed by the Soviets in 1934. They then added insult to injury by building the gargantuan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the site.

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1. St Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

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Looking from St Sophia's past the Bohdan Khmelnytsky statue, it's impossible to ignore the gold-domed blue church at the other end of proyizd Volodymyrsky…

2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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3. Desyatynna Church Ruins

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5. National Museum of Ukrainian History

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6. Taras Shevchenko Memorial House Museum

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7. Maidan Nezalezhnosti

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8. Andriyivsky Uzviz

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