The Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is a place of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christian believers. The incorruptible relics of more than 120 saints currently rest in peace, and visitors can view them up close or just admire their beauty from afar.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
It’s one of the two heritage sites in Ukraine inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990 and one of its most famous landmarks in Eastern Europe. The other UNESCO World Heritage site in Kyiv is St. Sophia’s Cathedral.
The National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve is a hidden gem in Ukraine, where you can find one of the most historic Eastern Orthodox Christian monasteries on earth. With centuries-old architecture, this is a must-see while visiting this beautiful city.
The National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve is home to the historic Eastern Orthodox Christian monastery
The Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is a place of spiritual contemplation and historical significance. The National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve complex includes caves with buried monks and a renowned cathedral at one of the two Kyiv UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Upper Lavra consists of the primary sightseeing attractions such as the bell tower and churches.
The lower Lavra contains the cave complex, but much of it is off limits to visitors.
Holy Dormition Cathedral
The Holy Dormition Cathedral was built in 11th century, destroyed during WWII, and rebuilt after Ukrainian independence.
Gates of the Caves
The Gates of the caves are a place to contemplate before entering the catacombs.
Near Caves (Anthony’s Caves)
The Near Caves or the caves of Saint Anthony are historic and quite literally a network of tunnels that date back to medieval times. In these deep underground spaces, you’ll find many churches as well as at least 79 burial sites.
Far Caves (Theodosius Caves)
The far caves were the first caves in the Lavra catacombs, where saintly Theodosius was laid to rest. His relics were later transferred to Dormition Cathedral following his death.
All Saints Church
The All Saints Church is an architecturally beautiful building near the National Academy of Managerial Staff of Culture and Arts.
Lavra honored Icons
Near the territory of Far Caves, guests may view golden and shimmering icons with crosses in a modest shop.
There are 15 brilliant and enchanting churches, with each one an unforgettable experience. Some were built centuries ago and maintain exceptional interiors that fascinate with their distinctive characteristics of the Ukrainian Baroque style.
Holy Shrines & Relics
The holy relics of Saints Anthony and Theodosius are in a secret crypt hidden away from public view.
Great Lavra Bell Tower
The Great Lavra Bell Tower is one of Kyiv’s most distinguished characteristics and among its main attractions, with four tiers and guilded dome. At the height of 96.5 meters, it was the tallest free-standing bell tower when created.
Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Tour FAQs
What is the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra?
The Kyiv Monastery of the Caves, also known as Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, is a historic Eastern Orthodox Christian monastery. The complex comprises various architectural monuments, from bell towers and cathedrals to cave systems and rugged stone fortification walls.
What does “Lavra” mean?
A lavra, from the Greek word laura, originally meant a narrow lane or alley in the city. Today, it is now used to describe monasteries that are centered around churches with an attached refectory. These buildings usually house multiple hermit monks who adhere closely to Orthodox Christian traditions of prayerful living and solitude for the spiritual benefit.
The lavra is often contrasted against other types, such as a convent, which houses nuns at its center. These two structures exhibit differing layouts depending on whether their function was primarily religious (lava) versus social (convent).
Why is the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra important?
The monastery is known as the Kyiv Monastery of Caves, and its name translates to “in caves.” The story of Lavra tells how Anthony returned to his native land and settled down with other monks in Kyiv.
He chose the Berestov Mount as it overlooked the beautiful Dnieper River, which he would soon baptize many people into Christianity.
Where is Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra?
National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve
Lavrska St, 15, Kyiv, 01015
When was Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra built?
What is the architectural style of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra?
Who is buried at Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra?
Refectory Church burials
Cathedral of the Dormition burials
Near Caves burials
Kuksha of the Kiev Caves
Ephraim of Pereyaslavl
Barlaam of Kiev
Anthony of Kiev
Alypius of the Caves
Agapetus of the Kiev Caves
Far Caves burials
Theodosius of Kiev
Pope Clement I
Church of the Saviour at Berestove
Euphemia of Kiev
How many known Lavras are in Ukraine?
1. Kiev-Caves Lavra, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
Lavrska St, 15, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01015
2. Svyatogorsk Lavra, Holy Mountains Sviatohirsk Cave Monastery
Zarichna St, 3, Svyatohirs’k, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, 84131
3. Pochayiv Lavra, Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra
Pochaiv, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine, 47026
4. Univ Holy Dormition Lavra of the Studite Rite, Peremyshliany Raion, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, 81216
Where are the most important Lavras in the world?
Possible Lavras, maybe the first Lavras in early AD 320-330, in Wadi El Natrun, Egypt, and early 4th century in Nitria, Egypt.
The first known Lavras were thought to be monastic settlements in the Judean Desert.
First known Lavras in mid-3rd century:
1. Laura of Pharan, now known as now Wadi Qelt
2. Laura of Douka on the Mount of Temptation
3. Souka Laura in Wadi Khureitun
First known Lavra in 5th century:
4. Lavra of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified in the Kidron Valley, Mar Saba, AD 532
Important known historical Lavras:
1. Agia Lavra, Kalavryta, Achaea, Greece, AD 961
2. Monastery of Great Lavra, Mount Athos, Greece, AD 963
3. Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Kyiv, Kyiv City, Ukraine, AD 1051
4. Neamț Monastery, Târgu Neamț, Romania, 15th century
5. Supraśl Lavra, Monastery of the Annunciation in Supraśl, Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland, 16th century
6. David Gareja monastery complex, Kakheti, Georgia, 15th century
7. Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, Sergiyev Posad, Russia, AD 1744
8. Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Saint Petersburg, Russia, AD 1797
9. Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra, Pochayiv, Kremenets Raion, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine, AD 1833
10. Univ Holy Dormition Lavra of the Studite Rite, Peremyshliany Raion, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, AD 1898
11. Holy Mountains Lavra of the Holy Dormition, Sviatohirsk, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, AD 2004
How long is the tour of the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve?
4 hours, including travel time for pickup/dropoff.
How will we get to Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra?
My reliable transportation, by car and then walk a short distance to National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve.
What language does Marishka speak on the tour?
English, Russian, Ukrainian
How much does the tour cost?
1 person- 110 EURO
2 guests- 70 EURO per person
3 guests- 65 EURO per person
4 guests- 60 EURO per person
5+ guests, contact me for price.
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