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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Saint Sophia Cathedral Reviews
Great tourist attraction a must see. I enjoyed my visit and felt that it was well worth seeing as it is really beautiful more »
A beautiful cathedral. Some work being carried out whilst I was there which ruined it a little. Nothing was well sign posted when I was inside and it was hard to tell if buildings were open or not..... more »
I headed over to St. Sophia’s Cathedral, which was massive and enchanting, but also super dark, cold and fascinating. The nuns were everywhere to be found and the big entrance was really lovely, but the star of the show is the giant egg display upstairs. It’s a 15,000 painted egg mosaic made in ￼about 10 years ago. The coolest part was that the artist enlisted the help of schoolchildren in order to paint all the eggs needed for the project.
I went on a tour with an amazing sweet Kate Dobromishev, she works as a private guide in Guide me UA. It was more convenient for me to take one English-speaking guide to visit all the temples and sights of Kiev, and the Cathedral of St. Sophia as well. But here we stayed for 1 hour or even longer, as this is the oldest temple in Kiev, and inside there are a lot of interesting things to see. Must visit in Kiev, you will not regret it.
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