St Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery Tours

St Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery
St Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery was commissioned by Prince Sviatopolk in 1108 to house the relics of St Barbara; it was Byzantine in style and survived centuries of political turmoil in Ukraine, expanding and acquiring a lovely Baroque façade before being razed by the USSR under Stalin in 1936. In 2000, almost a decade after independence from Russia, it was spectacularly brought back to life with a painstaking reconstruction of its intricate sky-blue and white plasterwork façade topped with seven glittering gold domes, along with the refectory and bell tower. Named after the patron saint of Kiev, St Michael’s lost many of its treasured mosaics and frescoes to Moscow but most of these were returned after fraught political wrangling in 2004. A community of monks returned to the monastery and today it is thriving once more. 

Entrance to the monastery is through the exotic 18th-century bell tower, which houses a small museum relating the demise and reincarnation of the building; views from the top of the tower take in the River Dnieper and the rooftops of Kiev’s old heart. The church interior gleams with Baroque icons, its wall again smothered with original frescoes and mosaics. A monument to the ten million Ukrainians who starved to death in the Soviet-induced famine of 1932–33 stands by the exit to the grounds.   

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Triokhsviatytelska Street, 8, Kiev. Open daily 8am–7pm. Admission is free. Take the metro to metro to Maidan Nezalezhnosti.
Address: Triokhsviatytelska Street, 8, Kiev, Kiev Oblast 01601, Ukraine
Hours: daily 8am–7pm
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Highlights of Kiev Private Sightseeing Tour

See all of Kiev's highlights in a single private sightseeing tour. This excursion is a great option for first-time visitors or those travelers with a tight schedule, enabling you to see the landmarks and attractions on three different routes: the Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery, St. Andrew's Decent, and a comprehensive city tour of Kiev. Along the way, listen to commentary from a guide, letting you in on hidden facts and less-known stories about the Ukrainian capital.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Kiev by Night

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Kiev City Tour

Discover the top sights and monuments of Kiev on a private 3-hour tour. The flexible tour is offered on foot, by private car, or via minibus. You're also free to choose a start time that works for you. However and whenever you decide to see the city, your private guide is with you every step of the way.  The comprehensive tour takes you to St. Andrew’s Church, Hrushevskyi Street, and much more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Full Day Private City Tour of Kiev

Get under the skin of Kiev on a comprehensive 6-hour private city tour. Traveling by foot, bus and metro, hear about Kiev’s history and years under Soviet rule. Witness must-sees such as the frescoes of St Sophia’s Cathedral, the Golden Gates, and Independence Square, the setting of recent, history-changing political events. Explore the underground Kiev Cave Monastery; visit Podil, the old merchants’ quarter; and stroll along Andrew Descent. Break for lunch at a local café, and finish at the World War II memorial complex, famous for its Motherland statue.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Small-Group Panoramic City Tour of Kiev

Enjoy breathtaking views over Ukraine’s capital on this 3-hour small-group Kiev city tour. Hop into your vehicle at your Kiev hotel, then travel through the streets with a guide and gain insight into Kiev’s rich history. Along the way, take in top attractions including the Golden Gates, the National Opera of Ukraine, St Volodymyr’s Cathedral and UNESCO–listed St Sofia Cathedral. Explore winding cobbled streets through the Old Town — home to St Michael’s Cathedral and St Andrew’s Church. Explore Kreschatik Street and Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and gaze over the Dnieper River.
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Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Kiev

Be introduced to Kiev on a private, 3-hour city walking tour, with an informative guide. Trace Kiev’s ancient and medieval history and time under Communist rule, see landmarks from each period, and learn about the Ukrainian way of life. Admire top Kiev attractions including the Golden Gates, golden-domed St Michael’s Cathedral and Opera House. Hear the stories behind each monument, and visit St Sophia’s Cathedral, Kiev’s oldest standing church, to see its 11th-century frescoes and mosaics. If you want to tailor your route, let your guide know before the tour.
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3-Hour Private Old Kiev and City Center Walking Tour

Take in the historic highlights of the Ukrainian capital on this private 3-hour walking tour of Kiev. See landmarks including the Golden Gates, St. Michael’s Golden Domed Cathedral, and the Princess Olha Monument; explore the atmospheric Old Town and learn how it was built by Prince Vladimir the Great; and marvel the UNESCO-listed St. Sophia Cathedral.
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Private City Tour of Kiev

Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private sightseeing tour of Kiev's highlights. With a guide in the lead, listen to commentary on the vibrant city's culture and history while exploring highlights such as the Golden Gate, Old Kyiv Hill, St. Sophia's Cathedral, and the Mikhailovskyi cathedral. Private round-trip transportation completes this seamless, relaxing experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Street Art and Murals - Kiev Off the Beaten Track!

Go off the beaten tourist path and discover a lesser-known side of Kiev!During the Street Art tour, you will see 20 modern and, in some way controversial, masterpieces: portraits, landscapes and abstract art – hidden on the grey walls of old houses in the very heart of the city. We will search for these works of art by walking through secret streets of Kiev to reveal the concept and message of the artists! Tour will last 2.5-3 hours.We also offer visiting the city art museums. Art in Kiev suits all tastes: classic and contemporary art including secret private galleries. The choice is yours!
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Kiev Full Tour - History and Architecture in 5 hours

Gain a deeper understanding of Kiev's history with a guided walking tour. You’ll hear about the significance of the noteworthy sights and learn local legends!There are so many things to see in Kiev, but only so much time to see them. Go on a comprehensive walking tour and you’ll discover all of the city’s major attractions in just five hours.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Know Kyiv from Ancient times till nowadays

You will pass over the main historical areas of Kyiv city which are Upper Town and Podyl , will know how Kyiv developped , which disasters it survived and how it was revived. You will see not only top historical sights that are must visit for every tourist but also will know about hidden gems of modern city. During this 3-4 hours tour you will know all information about Kyiv city life from ancient times till nowadays
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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Kiev Open Tour - History & Modern Life in 3 hours

See many of Kiev's most important landmarks and highlights, with informative commentary and insider information from your local guide, on this 3-hours private walking tour!Perfect choice for people who are first time in Kyiv or never had time to see the main places!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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