St. Cyril's Monastery (Кирилівський монастир, translit. Kyrylivs’kyi monastyr) is a medieval monastery in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The monastery contains the famous St. Cyril's Church, an important specimen of Kievan Rus' architecture of the 12th century, and combining elements of the 17th and 19th centuries. However, being largely Ukrainian Baroque on the outside, the church retains its original Kievan Rus' interior.HistorySt. Cyril's Monastery was founded in 1140 by Vsevolod Olgovich, the Kniaz' (prince) of Chernigov, in the Dorohozhychi neighbourhood of Kiev and named after his heavenly protector, Cyril of Alexandria. In the second half of the 12th century, Princess Maria, Vsevolod's widow, built the stone church of St. Cyril, which served as an ancestral burial place of the Olgovichi family.The monastery suffered a harsh fire in 1734, which was later reconstructed by the Ukrainian architect Ivan Hryhorovych-Barskyi during 1750–1760. His reconstruction works also included the addition of masonry walls enclosing the monastery's courtyard, a picturesque corner tower and gate, and other monastic buildings.In 1787, St. Cyril's Monastery was closed by the Tsarist Government and its living quarters were converted into a hospital (St. Cyril's Hospital) and was later transformed into an insane asylum, which lasted until the mid-late 20th century in Soviet Ukraine.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to St. Cyril's Monastery by using our Kyiv (Kiev) trip maker website.
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this, not so often visited church, is certainly worth a stop. It has magnificent fresco paintings all over... more »
This is agin a must see, it was very interesting and everything’s as also in English, the staff were not very helpful or polite. It’s nice to just walk around the gardens and you need to buy a... more »
Mural artwork on walls in church ranges from exceptionally old to the 17/1800s... I believe. The older art is fragile or even only partially remaining in some cases as it might no longer exist due to decay, is in a state of rehab, or has been painted over with more recent art. Its definitely something to see for art or church enthusiasts.
Calm and quiet place in the beautiful park zone.
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