St. Andrew’s Church
The view of the Baroque architecture of St. Andrew’s Church as you walk up the winding Andriyivs’kyy descent is simply remarkable.
Initially built in 1763, finished in 1767, and restored later by famous architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, it is one of Ukraine’s four landmarks included in the 2002 catalog “100 Wonders Of The World”.
The church is a magnificent representation of traditional Ukrainian five-domed churches with its cross shape at the surrounding platform around the base for terrific views of Podil and Dnieper River.
Proposals Submitted for UNESCO World Heritage List
The lengthy process of including St Andrew’s Church in the UNESCO World Heritage List is detailed in section 36 COM 8B.41, Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2012, as part of UNESCO inclusion for Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Ukraine).
In 2012, the consideration for inclusion depended upon the church staying in the Saint Sophia National Protection Area, improving tourist facilities for parking and removing vendor souvenir booths from immediate area surrounding the church property, regulation of automobile traffic, subsoil stability and structural integrity concerns, restructuring of Andreevsky Spusk street, and creating a buffer zone northeast of the church.
In 2016, St. Andrew’s Church was mentioned again in the State of Conservation page on UNESCO’s website for Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Ukraine). The mention occurs in section Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2016, subsection 39 COM 7B.85.
In 2021, the two current UNESCO World Heritage site in Kyiv as well as the two proposed inclusions, St. Andrews Church and St. Cyril’s Church, are part of the Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2021, 44 COM 7B.59. The primary concerns are finalizing the Historical and Architectural Key Plan of Kyiv, Zoning Plans of the Kyiv City Master Plan, and comprehensive inventory of existing and planned tall buildings that may obstruct views from and towards the four historical landmarks. An updated report is scheduled to be submitted by December 1, 2022.
Marishka was born and raised near St. Andrew’s Church
St. Andrew’s Church Tour FAQs
What is the St. Andrew’s Church?
St Andrew’s Church is an Orthodox church in Kyiv, constructed between 1747 and 1754 and finished in 1967 by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. It stands at 50 meters tall with Elizabethan Baroque features that include steeples on top of its central tower and four symmetrical neighboring towers, representing angels singing hymns while carrying trumpets.
Where is St. Andrew’s Church?
At the top of Andriivs’kyi Hill
Andriivs’kyi descent, 23, Kyiv, 04070
Is there a Saint Andrew?
Andrew, also known as Saint Andrew and the First-Called in Orthodox tradition. He was one of Jesus’ twelve apostles who worked alongside his brother Peter to spread Christianity around Europe during its early days.
What is St. Andrew’s Church famous for?
The church is noteworthy because of its location, where Saint Andrew prophesied a great city that would soon be built to serve as a Christian center for the region. One of the four historical monuments in Ukraine, this church has been a role model for the construction of other churches. It appears on an international list of 100 Wonders of the World.
When was St. Andrew’s Church built?
1086 small church dedicated to cross placed by Saint Andrew;
1215 Church of the Exaltation of the Cross built nearby;
1240 Mongol invasion destroyed church;
1690 wooden church consecrated to Saint Andrew;
1726 wooden church destroyed;
23 years to build, St. Andrew’s Church completed in 1767;
Preserved and restored 2009-2020
To whom is the church dedicated?
Andrew the Apostle
Who is buried at St. Andrew’s Church?
In what architectural style is built the St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv?
How long is the tour of the St. Andrew’s Church?
4 hours, including travel time for pickup/dropoff.
How will we get to St. Andrew’s Church?
My reliable transportation, by car, park near Andriivs’kyi Descent, and then walk a short distance to St. Andrew’s Church.
What language does Marishka speak on the tour?
English, Russian, Ukrainian
How much does the St. Andrew’s Church 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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