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“St. Cyryl's Church in Kiev!”

St. Cyril's Monastery
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

I'm lucky to live not far from St. Cyryl's Church in Kiev so I can see it's domes when going to work.
Nevertheless I'm not feel tired of seeing this beautiful church almost every day. How can anyone be tired of seeing real beauty.
It is located on Oleny Teligy Street no far from "Dorogozhychi" Metro Station. Trolley bus No 27 will bring you exactly to this place (Trolley bus stop - "Museum - St .Cyryl's Church")
It is situated on the hill and hidden behind the green tees in summer but clearly visible in winter .
Legend says that Kyiv Rus Prince Svyatoslav is buried there. Now the Church is a museum with entrance fee but if you want to be present on the evening service you can go for free.
And on holidays like Easter or Christmas you can hear Church bells two blocks away. It is well known because of Vrubel's frescoes still preserved on its walls. Of course this Church is really worth visiting and you can ask for excursion in English there. You can spend hours inside studying frescoes on the walls.

Thank Kolrina
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

The original St. Cyril’s church was constructed in the 12th century and is the resting place of some of the early Kyivian Rus nobility. It always amazes me when something this old has survived, especially in a city such as Kyiv with its tumultuous history. Of course it didn’t escape unscathed and it has been reconstructed on several occasions especially after a fire in the 1700s which accounts for some features of later centuries. St.Cyrils did not come through the Soviet regime unscathed, they dismantled St. Cyril’s belfry to reuse the bricks for other construction projects in the 1930s.

The exterior is in the Ukrainian Baroque style that is commonly found throughout the country. It is white with green cupolas. The green of the cupolas are unique, but not as stunning as the cupolas at St. Andrews. Outside there is signage in English and also the entrance ticket is in English and Ukrainian. My friend purchased a little picture book for me, which has English descriptions.

It is the interior that is utterly extraordinary. Some of the oldest, 800 year old frescoes are in incredibly amazing condition including one of St. Cyril teaching and another of an angel rolling a scroll that depicts heaven. Cameras are absolutely forbidden inside, but there are benches throughout where one can sit and study the frescoes at ones leisure. Common with Orthodox churches there are no pews within. I always carry a scarf when I travel to cover my head when we enter churches, but I don’t believe we had to put on a skirt here, as I have had to do at other churches in Ukraine. The cost to enter was 15 hryvnia, a real bargain.

For anyone interested in Kyivian Rus architecture, St. Cyril’s is a must see, but really for all visitors to Kyiv, St. Cyrils should not be missed.

4  Thank LeeAnneCanada
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

This is one of very old churches of Kiev city, interesting pictures and icons. But it is not overcrowded.

Thank Igor Z
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

Doesn't matter if you come as a business or tourist traveler , this is one place worth seeing. Very mysterious and preserved in amazing well shape

Thank Lilind
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

A visit to St. Cyril's Church Museum is an easy afternoon trip away from the hubbub of central Kiev. We took a tram from Contractor's Square, and then walked about 10 minutes up an easy grade to the church. The general area is open, and reminiscent of suburban parkland.
When St. Cyril's was first completed in 1167 (High Middle Ages), Kiev had been Christian for less than 200 years, the Russian Orthodox Church was a diocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (Istanbul), and construction of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris had just begun. Since that time, St. Cyril's has undergone many incarnations, and today it's an oasis of calm from the modern world outside.
A practical person might say that you go to St. Cyril's for the frescoes (the painting technique required under church law and regulation in the 12th century). In fact, 800 square meters/yards of frescoes were restored as late as the 1970s.
A delightful middle-aged lady of a studious nature answered our questions, and she spoke with me in good English. The music was evocative, and peace was everywhere. There were a few other visitors, but we were never near them.
The 19th century marble iconostasis held us for a while, and I had a rare perfect moment when I came upon 'Angel Rolling the Heaven into a Scroll,' from the larger 'Last Judgement/Doomsday' fresco.
We ascended to the second floor by way of steep and uneven steps, with many steps more than 16 inches/40 cm high. All the great Biblical figures were there, and a booklet entitled 'Cyril's Church' (for sale downstairs) gives a good first explanation. Paintings by Mikhail Vrubel (1856-1910), in particular 'Descent of the Holy Ghost to Apostles,' require ample time. Vrubel fell in love with the wife of the head of the committee that invited him to work at St. Cyril's. See if you can find her likeness among the scenes.

4  Thank Aeolis
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