We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Ancient place - must see list”

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private Guided Tour of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
More Info
and up
Private 2-Hour Tour of Lavra Monastery from Kiev
More Info
and up
Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery
Ranked #1 of 503 things to do in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Kiev, Ukraine
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Ancient place - must see list”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This place is ancient place where you may see old caves and famous churches. I went there many time but this year I was in place where founder of this place got a sign to build Lavra - on the mountain Athos, Greece, Antoniy Pechorskiy got a sign that he should start travel to Kiev and build this place. The great monument of Orthodox culture, for sure it is must see place in Kiev.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Viktor B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

2,608 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hebrew first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Top of the List”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Put this visit at the top of your list - the grounds of the monastery are a great joy to wander around, and given the lack of signage pointing to the caves, you probably will be wandering around. When the sun is out you can get some great shots of gold-domed buildings, or if it rains head to the narrow, claustrophobic caves, where everything seems in miniature. Speaking of miniature, don't miss the unique display of micro-miniatures, a collection of the tiniest sculptures you will ever see - through a magnifying glass. And stop to take in one of the packed services to see how the locals practice religion.

Visited October 2013
Thank Gary S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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.

Thank Sander H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“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
Thank Leelondon40
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
West London
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“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
Thank EalingTravels
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery also viewed


Been to Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing