Religious Tour of Kiev, Kiev

Kiev is a city with many beautiful and unique churches and monasteries. Most of them are Orthodox and are noteworthy as grand architectural monuments -- this being one of the differences between the Orthodoxy and other religions. The interiors of the Kiev churches are just as well of a rare beauty and richness.
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Religious Tour of Kiev Map

Guide Name: Religious Tour of Kiev
Guide Location: Ukraine » Kiev (See other walking tours in Kiev)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 km
Author: Cathy
Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Cathedral

1) Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Cathedral

Saint Nicholas' Cathedral in Kiev is a Roman Catholic temple, second best-known after Alexandr’s Cathedral (built in 1842). This Gothic style temple was built in commemoration of Tsar Nicolai II’s visit to Kiev. The building is fronted by two 60 metre (197 feet) towers with delicate carvings in artificial stone and beautifully coloured glass windows. The cathedral is the first to be built using the bore-and-stuffed piles for added stability on the uneven and unstable Kiev surface. A...   view more
Cathedral of Prelate Metropolitan Michael of Kiev

2) Cathedral of Prelate Metropolitan Michael of Kiev

Michael of Kiev was the first Ukrainian metropolitan of the Orthodox Church. He arrived in Ukraine from Russia in 988 to baptise pagans, preach the Bible, and spread the name of God on the newly acquired Russian lands. Michael is credited with building schools and churches all over the current Ukraine and, after his death in 992, was sanctified.

The Cathedral of Prelate Metropolitan Michael of Kiev was built in 1895 as a chapel for the Alexander Hospital, which was built for the poor through...   view more
Saint Catherine's German Lutheran Church

3) Saint Catherine's German Lutheran Church

Saint Catherine's German Lutheran Church was erected in 1857, but was closed down in 1938. For for the next sixty years, it was being used for different purposes, from depot to museum. In 1998 the Church was finally returned to the German Lutheran congregation. Today, this is the largest German Lutheran Church in Ukraine. It can hold up to six hundred...   view more
Saint Volodymyr's Cathedral

4) Saint Volodymyr's Cathedral (must see)

Saint Volodymyr’s Cathedral is a complex architectonic monument and important religious site in Kiev. Recognized as the “mother church” by adepts of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, St. Volodymyr’s (aka St. Vladimir’s) Cathedral is one of the two most important cathedrals in the city.

The imposing building commemorates 900 years of Christianity in Ukraine. The cathedral's plan, featuring 13 cupolas, was first laid out on paper in 1852. However, due to lack of funds, the...   view more
Saint Sophia's Cathedral

5) Saint Sophia's Cathedral (must see)

Saint Sophia’s Cathedral is one of the most important cultural, religious and architectural landmarks of Kiev. Built in the 11th century (1011 or 1037, according to various sources), the cathedral was inspired by the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople and was meant to become a regional centre of Christianity. Initially, the cathedral had five naves and two circling galleries. It was badly damaged during Tatar invasions in the Middle Ages and later, in 1707, was rebuilt in a Byzantine style, most...   view more
Saint Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral and Monastery

6) Saint Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral and Monastery (must see)

Saint Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral, one of the city's most impressive architectural monuments, has a rich and tumultuous history. Its foundation was laid in 1108, by the sons of Grand Duke of Kiev, Izyaslav Yaroslavovich. In 1113, the Byzantine style cathedral was inaugurated under the aegis of Demetrius’ Monastery. A series of Mongol attacks in the later centuries inflicted great damage upon the cathedral so that by the 15th century it was in much need of repair. In 1495, the...   view more
Saint Andrew's Church

7) Saint Andrew's Church (must see)

Overlooking the old neighbourhood of Podil from the top of Andriyivsky Hill, Saint Andrew’s Church is one of the most splendid pieces of Baroque architecture in Kiev. It was built between 1747 and 1754 by a team of foreign and local architects, led by Ivan Michurin, to a design by Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The church was meant as a private temple for Russian Empress Elizabeth and thus had no parish or bells to call to masses.

Because of its location on the hill, the church is placed atop a two...   view more
Frolovsky Monastery of Kiev

8) Frolovsky Monastery of Kiev

The Florovski Monastery is a religious institution and a historic monument of the 15th century. Some historians claim that it already had been in place by the time Mengli Giray, Khan of Crimea, devastated Kiev in 1482. Still, the first written document attesting to the convent’s existence is dated circa the mid 16th century, and was left by Sigismund II Augustus, the King of Poland. Initially, the monastery’s church was dedicated to martyrs Florus and Laurus. In 1711, Emperor of Russia Peter...   view more
Church of the Theotokos of Pyrogoshcha

9) Church of the Theotokos of Pyrogoshcha

The Church of the Theotokos of Pyrogoshcha is a small temple in the Podil district of Kiev. Just like many other local churches, it has gone through a series of misfortunes. Built in 1132-1136, it was the first stone church in the area. Its walls were decorated by frescoes and the floors covered with flagstone mosaic.

In the Middle Ages, the church was a place for education and study, a hospital for the poor, and then an archive.

In the course of time, it has sustained many...   view more
The Church of the Nativity of Christ

10) The Church of the Nativity of Christ

Sitting on the bank of the river Dnieper in the Podil district, the Church of the Nativity of Christ is an eye catcher replete with elaborate elements and elegant lines. Relatively small, as compared to other religious buildings in Kiev, this church is a must see for anyone who can appreciate a 19th century edifice carefully restored to the original splendour.

The ground on which the church stands today has a long history and seen many religious structures going up and down at the hands of...   view more

Walking Tours in Kiev, Ukraine

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kiev is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kiev Architecture Tour

Kiev Architecture Tour

Kiev is a city with such a wide diversity of architectural styles from various periods of time. The best European, Russian and Ukrainian architects and artists worked on the buildings of the capital of Ukraine. Some of the elements are absolutely unique and can be seen exclusively in Kiev. Some of the most famed architects who contributed to the city's beauty and originality are Vikentiy Beretti, Emilio Sala and other talented masters. The architecture tour is organized in the Lipki district.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Kiev South Pechora Tour

Kiev South Pechora Tour

The Pechorsky district is one of the most interesting and picturesque sites in Kiev. Its southern section has several important monuments, sites and monasteries. The Botanical Garden occupies a big chunk of the Pechorsky district and includes some other hot spots listed in the current guide.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Kiev Children Entertainment Tour

Kiev Children Entertainment Tour

Kiev is an interesting city for everybody, but children have a special place here. Kiev has a series of attractions designed particularly for kids and teenagers. Museums have an exclusive place in the Children's Entertainment Guide because they not only amuse and distract the young generation, but give them lessons in history and evolution.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

Some sources say that Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra (Sichnevogo Povstannya Street, 25) was initiated in 1051, when Reverend Anthony arrived there. He, together with some of his followers, built an entire complex composed of caves and monasteries. When the monks moved to a monastery which is on Lavra's territory, the caves were utilized as burial sites. Nowadays it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Kiev Museum Walking Tour

Kiev Museum Walking Tour

Being the capital of Ukraine, Kiev is the city where all the Ukrainian culture and history is concentrated in museums. There are about 60 museums. Some of them are internationally renowned due to their exceptional collections of unique objects, history and their special atmosphere. They reflect Ukrainian mood and evolution in all its beauty and particularities.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Kiev is a very old city. It was initiated approximately 1500 years ago. Since 1934, it was Soviet Ukraine's capital and remained the main city of the country with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Being one of the biggest cities in Europe, it has a very specific history, architecture and cultural life. One can never be bored in Kiev, as it has endless interesting and captivating places to see.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km

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