You must enable Javascript on your browser for the site to work optimally and display sections completely.
Login My trip
UaRuEn
Churches, monasteries, sights of pilgrimage

Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves)

In the Orthodox world there are only 5 Lavras. Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is the oldest of them. It is a world-famous place for Orthodox Christians pilgrimage.
Like
Google Maps
Add to trip

Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves)

In the Orthodox world there are only 5 Lavras. Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is the oldest of them. It is a world-famous place for Orthodox Christians pilgrimage.

This Orthodox Monastery was founded in 1051 by an ascetic Antony from Lubecz, Chernihiv region. At first the monks lived and prayed in the caves, but later a big church and cells were built. In the 11th century the monastery became the centre of propagation and consolidation of Christianity in Kyivan Rus. An icon-painting shop and an infirmary were founded there. In the 12th century the monastery got the status of “lavra” and gained strength as the centre of writing of annals and hagiography. Working here were such well-known annalists as Nestor (author of The Chronicle of Bygone Years), Nicon and Silvester; and in the 13th century The Kyiv-Pechersk Paterikon was compiled.

In the late 12th century, defensive walls were erected around the Lavra. But in 1240 they were ruined by the hordes of Baty-khan. In 1698-1701 new fortifications with gun-slots and towers were erected parallel to the destroyed ones. In the 17th and 18th centuries the Church of All Saints over the Economic Gate, the Near and Far Caves ensembles, cells for the elders, a printing house and other structures were built. In 1731-1744 the Great Belfry (96.52m high) was erected. The architectural ensemble of the Lavra took shape by the late 19th century.

The caves of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra represent two underground labyrinths, independently dug in the loess soil (up to 2m high, 1.5m wide, over 500m total length) and divided by a deep ditch heading to the Dnipro River. The distance between the Near and Far Caves is 400 metres. Buried in the caves are such prominent figures of the times of Kyivan Rus as Nestor the Chronicler, Ilya Muromets, painter Alypius, medico Agapitus, the Chernihiv Prince Svyatoslav (Nicholas the Pious), and Bishop Simon – one of the authors of The Kyiv-Pechersk Paterikon.

More
Less
Rates Reviews 3

Kiev region, 15 Lavrska St, Kyiv

50.434637 | 30.557253

044 255 1105

Website

Location on Google

Wheelchair accessibility
Baby stroller accessibility

Review 2

j.matjash

26.04.2018
Чудове місце для прогулянки з родиною. Доглянута територія, багато цікавих музеїв, наприклад, музей мініатюр, музей книги та друкарства. Лавру обов'язково має відвідати кожний.

Anna Hill

26.04.2018
Место особенное и красивое. Пещерный монастырь кажется каким-то сказочным, здесь можно увидеть мощи легендарного Ильи Муромца. Нарядный Успенский Собор с портясающими росписями. Ну и, конечно, знаменитая лаврская колокольня!

Attractions

Museums

Museum of Microminiature by Nikolai Syadristy

9 Lavrska Str., Building 5, Kyiv

Churches, monasteries, sights of pilgrimage

Dormition Cathedral

15 Lavrska St, Kyiv

Other architectural attractions

The building of the former hippodrome

9 Suvorova str., Kyiv

Museums

Victoria Museum

Бутишів провулок, 23, Київ, Украина, 02000

Natural objects and reserves

Askold’s Tomb Park

Park Road, 1, Kyiv

Other architectural attractions

Arsenalna Metro Station

Arsenal Square, Kyiv

Museums

Museum of the History of the Toilet in Kiev

22 Rybalska street, 22 (Tower № 5), Kyiv

Museums

National museum of Military History of Ukraine

30/1 Hrushevsky street, Kyiv

Natural objects and reserves

Mariyinsky Park

Mykhayla Hrushevskogo St, Kyiv

Forts, castles, palaces

Klovsky Palace

8 Pylypa Orlyka St, Kyiv

Other architectural attractions

The view point at Mariinsky Park

Kyiv

Other architectural attractions

Building of Verkhovna Rada

5 Mykhayla Hrushevskogo St, Kyiv

Other architectural attractions

Arabic House

15/1 Shovkovychna St., Kyiv

Other architectural attractions

Chocolate House

17/2 Shovkovychna St., Kyiv

Forts, castles, palaces

Mariyinsky Palace

5A Mykhayla Hrushevskogo St, Kyiv

Other architectural attractions

House of Commanders of the Kiev Military District

5/15 Sadova str, Kyiv

Churches, monasteries, sights of pilgrimage

Vydubychi Monastery

40 Vydubytska St, Kyiv

Where to eat?

salt-2

Ukrainian cuisine restaurant

Tsarske Selo

22 Lavrska St, Kyiv

salt-3

National cuisine restaurant

Noodle vs Marketing

Cross lane 8/9

salt-2

Author's Restaurant

Sauvage

12b Kutuzova St., Kyiv

salt-3

National cuisine restaurant

CHI

Parkova doroga, 16 А

salt-2

Author's Restaurant

Sanpaolo

4 Muzeiny Provulok, Kyiv

salt-2

Bar

Biancoro

4 Baseina Street Mandarin Plaza, 3rd floor, Kyiv

salt-3

Bar

Mozgi Bar & Shop

Basseynaya, str. 2a

salt-2

National cuisine restaurant

Vapiano

1-3/2 Velyka Vasylkivska St., Kyiv

salt-2

Bar

Dogs & Tails

19 Shota Rustaveli St., Kyiv

salt-2

City cafe

Café L’Etage

16a Shota Rustaveli St., Kyiv

salt-2

Confectionery

Milk Bar

16 Shota Rustaveli St., Kyiv

salt-1

Author's Restaurant

Gra z vognem

Khreshchatyk, 6

salt-2

Restaurant with wine list

Concord

42/4 Pushkinska St, Kyiv

salt-1

Ukrainian cuisine restaurant

Ostannya Barykada

Maydan Nezalezhnosti, 1

salt-2

National cuisine restaurant

Arbequina

4 Borysa Hrinchenka St., Kyiv

salt-2

Ukrainian cuisine restaurant

Klukva & Brukva

16 Antonovycha St., Kyiv

salt-2

Ukrainian cuisine restaurant

O’Panas

10 Tereschenkivska St, Kyiv

salt-2

Seafood restaurant

Barkas Fish & Grill

49a Volodymyrska St., Kyiv

salt-2

Seafood restaurant

Marlin

176 Antonovycha St. Ocean Plaza Mall, Kyiv

salt-2

Seafood restaurant

Rybny Bazar

24а Volodymyrska St., Kyiv

Sign up for newsletters and deals from discover.net.ua and our partners

By clicking submit you agree to the Terms and Conditions.