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“Serenity”

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery
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Private 2-Hour Tour of Lavra Monastery from Kiev
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Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery
Ranked #1 of 503 things to do in Kiev
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Owner description: Built by Kiev monks back in 1051, this striking building is the most holy place in the Ukraine. The caves on the property serve as burial grounds for monks.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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“Serenity”
Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

An absolute must-see. Larva is a huge complex of churches and a monestry. I've visited it twice, a perfect serene place to wonder around. Don't forget to visit the caves and of course the miniature museum.

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“Beautiful, like a small church and museum theme park...”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Great few hours spent here. Lots of attractions include the miniature museum which I really wanted to see as it's number one of things to see and do in Kiev. Unfortunately for me they take lunch between 13.30 and 14.30 and I had to leave so I didn't get to see this. The walk around was lovely though. You pay 3 HVR to get into the Lavra grounds and then it's 10 or 15 to get into the other various museums. The theatre museum looked interesting. Lots of nice little hut stalls selling souvenirs and Xmas decorations. It's about a 15 to twenty minute walk from Arsenalna Metro Station but is near a beautiful park with fantastic statues and a monument to the unknown soldier. The views from here of the city are absolutely spectacular and it wax a popular spot for married couples. Give yourself an extra half hour to get to Lavra from the Metro as this park is well worth an explore!

Visited November 2013
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“Super Unusual, Not for Children.”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We visited at the end of October and spent 3 hours at the site. Like lots of other reviews make sure you walk past the first entrance (if you’re coming from the NW side) where the ticket offices are and carry on another 200m to the free entrance. The caves are difficult to find in the complex as they aren’t signed in English but there are 2 different sets of tunnels to find. Going into the tunnels is not for the claustrophobic or if you have any trouble walking. There are lots of steps and turns, mostly in complete darkness apart from your pre purchased candle. Yes, women do need their heads covered and can't wear just trousers. They give you an apron to put over the front. Be prepared for a slow walk through as most of the people there have come to pray.

Visited October 2013
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“A must see in Ukraine”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

I went here with a friend who is Ukranian so did not need a guide. This place is massive and there is an incredible amount to see. Was very busy and it is important to realise that this is a major tourist attraction but also a lot of the visitors were there to pray and reflect, so take that into account when you visit. The site is very large and anyone with walking problems will struggle - saw nothing to help wheelchairs etc. Went into the caves!! I would describe more like tunnels with hidden rooms, however they were very worthwhile seeing. Be warned tunnels are narrow and very crowded so if you are claustrophobic stay away! The buildings inside are incredible (some you can photograph some you cant so pay attention to that). We were on a time budget so could only spend a couple of hours, but this could be a day out. Not for young kids though (in my opinion)

Visited November 2013
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“A Special Place”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

To a visitor, this place seems to be the spiritual centre of the Ukraine. It is a huge complex, and ladies are required to wear a skirt and cover their heads. As part of a tour group, we had a guide, even so, it was hard to understand why so many churches, a cathedral, bell tower, and monastery should be cluttered in one spot. After touring most of the buildings, we descended into the caves monastery which is claustrophobic. We were advised to buy a candle which we needed to see as we walked down the long corridors where coffins are glass topped with skeletons wrapped in blankets are clearly on view. Pilgrims are encountered praying beside the coffins, kneeling and kissing the tops of the coffins. It is a very unique experience.

Visited August 2013
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