Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra quick tour guide




The Kyiv Pechersk Lavra contains numerous architectural monuments, ranging from:


The main attractions of the Lavra include the Great Lavra Belltower, and the Dormition Cathedral, destroyed in World War II, and fully reconstructed in recent years.


Since its foundation as the cave monastery in 1051, the Lavra has been a preeminent centre of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe.


It is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery complex is considered a separate national historic-cultural preserve (sanctuary), the national status to which was granted on 13 March 1996.


While being a cultural attraction, the monastery is once again active, with over 100 monks in residence. It was named one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine on 21 August 2007, based on voting by experts and the internet community.


Fast Facts:

  • Architect: Theodosius of Kiev, Anthony of Kiev

  • Style: Ukrainian Baroque

  • Years built: 1051


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