Kiev Pechersk Lavra Tours

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More than 40 million people from across the world have visited Kiev Pechersk Lavra, a UNESCO-listed golden-domed Orthodox Christian monastery that is the holiest place of pilgrimage in Ukraine. Translating into English as the ‘Monastery of the Caves’, Pechersk Lavra has its origins back in 1051, when an Orthodox monk founded an underground sanctuary in a cave; many monks gravitated to this subterranean hermitage and eventually began to construct an over-ground church. The caves where the hermits lived were subsequently used for burials and many mummified remains can be seen today by guided tour. 

From the 11th century onwards the monastery played a central role in Ukrainian life; it was here that the first national printing presses was used and many famous scholars passed through its doors. A fire destroyed the original complex in 1718 and the monastery, its cathedral, church and refectory were all rebuilt in Baroque style with gilded domes and portraits of the saints adorning the exterior; a 30-hectare estate surrounding the complex overlooks the River Dnieper. The fortunes of Pechersk Lavra waxed and waned with the political upheavals of the 19th and 20th centuries, but in 1988 the monastery and caves were returned from state control to a newly thriving community of monks.

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Lavrska Street, 9, Kiev. Open daily summer 8am–7pm, winter 9am–6pm. Admission with tour: adults 50 UAH, students & children 25 UAH; without tour 15 UAH for all. Women must wear a headscarf and a skirt that extends below their knees in the caves. The wearing of shorts and T-shirts is forbidden for men. Take the metro to Arsenalna.
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Address: Lavrska Street, 9, Kiev, Kiev Oblast 01015, Ukraine
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Hours: daily summer 8am–7pm; winter 9am–6pm
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Admission: Adults 50 UAH, students & children 25 UAH; without tour 15 UAH for all
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Private Guided Tour of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

Explore UNESCO World Heritage–listed treasures in Kiev on this private 3-hour guided tour of Kiev Pechersk Lavra. Enter the iconic Kiev Pechersk Lavra complex — widely considered among the most sacred places in Ukraine — with a private guide and marvel at its breathtaking beauty. Follow paved paths to the restored Dormition Cathedral, see the Great Lavra Belltower and perhaps climb it for panoramic Kiev views. Then, visit the Kiev Pechersk Lavra caverns — a system of underground caves once home to hermit monks — and gain insight into the site’s 11th-century history.
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Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is essential for any visit to Kiev and with a private guide, you’ll be privy to in depth knowledge not found in the free brochure. Explore the Baroque style churches, including the gilded Dormition Cathedral.  You have the option to take your time in the Kiev Pechersk Preserve and enigmatic Lavra Caves or expand your tour to the monastery to include the Museum of Treasures, Bell Tower, and more.
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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour of Kiev under the moonlight. This nighttime tour leaves the day free for other activities and lets you see the city's top landmarks lit up for the night. Highlights include the Lavra Monastery, Paton Bridge, Maydan Nezalezhnosti, and Khreschatyk.
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After your guide picks you up from your hotel in private transportation, you’ll set off on a day-trip to explore Kiev’s monasteries, churches, and temples.  Visit the city’s major places of worship, including St. Sofia Cathedral and Podil Synagogue, at your own pace, stopping for photos whenever you like. Listen as your guide provides detailed narration at each location on an interactive tour.
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